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Paulinho denies Eng win at revamped Maracana

A sublime 83rd-minute volley from Paulinho earned Brazil a 2-2 draw against England in the first match at the revamped Maracana stadium. The Corinthians midfielder struck with a sweetly timed drive after a precise cross from Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas here Sunday night.

Following a first half of few highlights, the match sprung to life when Fred netted with a first-time finish after Hernane’s long-range effort rebounded off the crossbar. Second-half substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalized nine minutes later by firing in from the edge of the area following an exchange with Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester United striker then gave England the lead when he accepted a Milner pass before his thumping strike from outside the area deflected off Fernando into the top corner. Brazil dominated possession in the first half with Cheslea midfielder Oscar, in particularly, linking impressively with forwards Neymar and Hulk.

Neymar had the best chance of the game early in the 24th minute, as his shot was parried away by Hart. Brazil will have their last chance to prepare for the FIFA Confederations Cup with a friendly against France in Porto Alegre on June 9. Brazil open their campaign against Japan on June 15.

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