England's defensive play gets offensive in 1-1 tie Brazil coach fumes about close tactics fTC

June 14, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Brazil soccer coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was irritated. His players were never allowed to play with their artistry or flair. England coach Graham Taylor was happy. His team had abandoned the long-ball attack and tried to keep the score close.

The game ended in a 1-1 tie . . . and with Parreira taking harder shots at Graham than the Brazil team did at the England goal.

"I think that there was one team trying to win and another trying to not let the other play," Parreira said, barely after the record crowd of 54,118 had left RFK Stadium for the U.S. Cup '93 game. "Penetrating a team that is packing its defense with seven to eight players is difficult.

"Sometimes it was nine and 10," Parreira said. "At the end, England did not come forward at all. Brazil deserved to win. England developed an attitude which would not be expected of a great team such as them."

But this is not one of England's great teams. England had lost and tied two of its past four games and has yet to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.

Taylor has been under a lot of criticism back home, and a blowout win by Brazil could have cost him his job.

"People do have expectations of England's football team, a certain style, but tactically, we can play another way," Taylor said.

4 "Brazil can open you up and tear you to shreds."

Asked if some of the pressure had been relieved because of the tie, Taylor said, "No, not really. We have shown that we can hold up against Brazil. We can build on this. We picked up valuable experience before taking on the world champions [Germany] in a week [Saturday]."

England forward David Platt scored the first goal at the 48th minute. Platt, the team's leading goal scorer who missed the U.S. game and the first half yesterday because of an ankle injury, headed in a crossing pass from midfielder Andy Sinton.

Brazil tied the score on a header from Marcio Santos at the 77th minute. The goal opened up England's defense, but Brazil failed to score on three shots in the final 3:11.

Brazil finished 1-0-2 in the tournament. England is 0-1-1, with one game remaining.

"I think that not only with today's game, but Brazil's participation in this entire tournament was very positive," Parreira said.

"Considering the trouble we had getting players because of club involvement and the limited practice time, we could have left with three victories."

England isn't so confident, but the English are in better shape than they were a day ago.

"Our style today wasn't pretty, but it got the job done," said John Barnes, an England midfielder. "We needed something like this. I bet you the folks back home are breathing a little easier now, too."

Brazil .0 1 -- 1

England 0 1 -- 1

Goals: B--Santos; E--Platt. Assists: E--Sinton. Saves: B--Taffarel 0; Flowers 6. Shots: B--14; E--7. Corner kicks. B--5; E--9. A: 54,118.

U. S. CUP '93

Standings .. .. .. .. GP .. W .. L .. T .. GF .. GA .. Pt.

Brazil . .. 3 ... 1 .. 0 .. 2 .. 6 ... 4 ... 4

Germany ... 2 ... 1 .. 0 .. 1 .. 7 ... 6 ... 3

USA . .. .. 3 ... 1 .. 2 .. 0 .. 5 ... 6 ... 2

England ... 2 ... 0 .. 1 .. 1 .. 1 ... 3 ... 1

Schedule

Saturday's game (At Pontiac, Mich.) England vs. Germany, 2 p.m.

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