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Nilmar header gives Brazil victory in Doha clash

South American side dominate reshaped England in friendly match in Qatar.

Nilmar header gives Brazil victory in Doha clash
WINNING GOAL: Brazil players celebrate the winning goal against England in Doha. (Getty Images)

A header by Brazil's Nilmar was enough to secure victory for the South American side against England in Qatar.

Nilmar's headed winner from an Elano's pass after 47 minutes was no more than Brazil deserved after outplaying a reshaped England outfit missing a number of players.

Brazil's victory margin could have been greater, but Luis Fabiano missed a penalty after England keeper Ben Foster fouled Nilmar.

Lucio also struck the post, while James Milner volleyed England's best chance over the crossbar in the second half.

England's attacking forays were rare and following the goal, Brazil took total control in the second half.

The match was an opportunity for Qatar to show it can stage top class international football as it bid to host the 2020 World Cup finals.

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Football Fan 10 years ago

If the match was an ooprtunity for Qatar to show it can stage top class international football there was good and bad last night. Great stadium. Good signage. Good stewards. Fair price tickets. Great attendance from fans all over the Gulf. Dreadful traffic policing after the match. Fans more interested in indulging in a mexican wave than actually watching the action. And where else in the world would they give the fans missiles to throw when entering the stadium? I watched two fans just two rows in front of a policeman throwing up to 30 light sticks at a photographer... If Qatar is serious about staging these kinds of events then they need to learn a lot more about how to move that amount of fans around the city and how to control sections of the crowd.