Brazil vs. England: Best Pictures from Maracana Stadium Unveiling

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2013

Brazil vs. England: Best Pictures from Maracana Stadium Unveiling

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    Brazil's 2-2 draw with England produced excellent goals, tactical battles and an opportunity for the host nation to avenge February's defeat.

    Most importantly, the prestige encounter acted as an official opening to Brazil's improved Maracanã stadium. A number of memorable images emerged during the match; let's take a look at the best.

The Maracanã Is Ready for Action...just

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    Two days after the game was moments away from being postponed, the Maracanã opened for action.

All Smiles for Brazil

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    The stadium's opening is a huge step along the road to Brazil 2014. Many local fans appeared happy with the Maracanã's reconstruction; this couple even sealed it with a kiss.

The Samba Boys Are Back

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    Luiz Felipe Scolari's team lined up inside the new Maracanã for the first time. Would the opening friendly bring a confidence boost ahead of this month's Confederations Cup?

The Action Begins

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    Gary Cahill hand his hands full with the likes of Neymar and Chelsea teammate Oscar around him. This early tackle halted Hulk's progress up the pitch.

Neymar Eyes the Spectacular

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    Neymar's influence remained inconsistent throughout the match, but his occasional brilliance nearly had the Brazilian public celebrating with joy. His cheeky scissor kick was met by a Leighton Baines block in the first half.

Raise Your Flag

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    A Brazilian fan gets into the encounter with a comedy wig and matching glasses.

Joe Hart to the Rescue

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    Joe Hart made nine saves during a busy match for the Manchester City keeper. This early stop summed up a player who was willing to put everything on the line for his nation.

Feed the Ox!

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    With Fred's goal giving Brazil a deserved lead, England manager Roy Hodgson brought on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to try and shift the game's balance. Arsenal's youngster netted five minutes after coming off the bench, to his obvious delight.

Lighting Up the Show

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    With the match in full swing, the Maracanã's beautiful lighting variation forced a number of eyes away from the action.

Rooney Puts England Ahead

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    Wayne Rooney's deflected strike put the visitors ahead. Although slightly fortunate, the Manchester United forward's shop dipped into the top corner.

A Matter of Perspective

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    This excellent shot captures the immediate aftermath of Rooney's goal. The scorer's delight is Marcelo's despair as England take a surprise lead.

The Award for Best Dressed Goes To...

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    Are words necessary here? Look at this man!

All Square in the End

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    With the game finished at 2-2, Rooney and Dani Alves share a moment of respect in front of the crowd. Barcelona's full-back also tried out the new "One Legged Shorts" look.