Brazil goal a blur, admits England’s Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he can’t remember scoring for England against Brazil on Sunday, such was the emotion of netting against the five-time World Cup winners, ESPN has reported.

England were a goal down to Fred’s opener when Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced and, after a tidy move, the Arsenal forward drew Roy Hodgson’s side level. Wayne Rooney later put England in front, only for Paulinho to equalise with less than 10 minutes to play.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal was a 20-yard strike that beat Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but the scorer himself didn’t know that. He said: “I can’t really remember it to be honest! I think I played it to Lamps, he played it round the corner to Wazza [Rooney], he set it and I just hit it.

The fact we did go 2-1 up, you always want to close out the game so in that sense we’re disappointed,” Oxlade-Chamberlain added.

Brazil are a top quality side and they tried to break us down but we kept our shape well. It’s tough coming away in this heat, in a stadium like this and with their quality, it’s a good result.

The match was the first held at the re-developed Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, one of the sites to be used for this summer’s Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup.

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