World Football - England v Brazil: Classic moments

England's rivalry with Brazil may not come close to that of Argentina or Germany, but we have picked out some of the defining moments which have made encounters with the five-times World Champions memorable.

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World Football - England v Brazil: Classic moments
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Pele and Bobby Moore at the 1970 World Cup

Bobby Moore's tackle

The reigning champions' defeat to the ultimate heirs of the Jules Rimet trophy in the heat of Guadalajara was notable for a few incidents: Jeff Astle's glaring miss, Jairzinho's goal, and of course Moore's tackle on Pele. With the Brazil number 10 marauding down the right at pace, Moore tracked him back and, just as Pele cruised into the penalty area, the defender stole in with the crispest, most impeccable of stops before nonchalantly bringing the ball out of the box. Pele's respect for Moore was shown after the game as the pair exchanged shirts in what is an iconic sporting image.

John Barnes's wonder goal

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If Rio Ferdinand calls it "the best England goal ever" then you had better believe it. Barnes danced his way through the Brazil half to illuminate a 2-0 victory at the Maracana and suddenly morphed from a much-maligned midfielder into an English maestro. Barnes's piercing run from wide out on the left and all the way into the six-yard box was perhaps the best thing the Liverpool man did until his 'World in Motion' rap. Barnes jinked mesmerically past five Brazil players before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net on the stroke of half-time to give the Samba Boys a taste of their own medicine.

Gordon Banks's save

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The second memorable incident from the vintage match in 1970 was Banks's astonishing save from the world's greatest player - Pele. Brazil's typically fluid move saw their captain Carlos Alberto feed the pacy Jairzinho down the right, he sped past Terry Cooper before reaching the by-line and dinking a high cross towards the far post where Pele jumped with full-back Tommy Wright. Widely referred to as the 'save of the century', Banks looked to be wrong-footed by Pele's powerful downward header but somehow managed to sprawl across his line and flick the ball up and over the bar.

Ronaldinho's freak free-kick

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The fact that Ronaldinho was sent off in 2002 was almost forgotten as the forward's stunning cross-cum-shot dumbfounded the ponytailed David Seaman and sent England crashing out of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea at the quarter-final stage. An innocuous looking free-kick 30 yards out on the right provided the context for one of the most audacious efforts in a World Cup as the then Paris St Germain star spotted Seaman straying five yards off his line and looped the ball with unerring precision over his head and into the far corner of the net. The veteran Arsenal keeper was quick to call it a fluke, but Ronaldinho's genius would suggest otherwise.

Graeme Le Saux's lavish volley

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Le Saux was not renowned for his goalscoring ability, but his solitary England goal from 36 caps could hardly have been more emphatic. Le Saux's thunderous shot from 28 yards out came 18th in a recent poll of the greatest ever England goals. In the 38th minute of the prestigious Umbro Cup, Le Saux met Darren Anderton's free-kick from the right and showed remarkable poise as he chested the ball down and proceeded to unleash a fierce volley into the top right-hand corner. After such a distinguished display on the left side of midfield, marked by the wonder-goal, Le Saux was duly pushed back to his regular full-back slot.

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