On This Day in 1984 - England and John Barnes stun the Maracana

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It goes down as one of the more famous England wins with former Liverpool and Watford star John Barnes stealing the show.

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It's the scene of one of the more memorable goals scored by an England player as in 1984, the Three Lions stunned the Maracana as they ran out 2-0 winners. 

What the game is remembered for most is the jaw dropping solo effort from John Barnes which goes down as one of the greatest England international goals of all time - as he glided through the Brazilian defence to beat several men, and then finish in the coolest of manners to give England the lead just before half time.

It's hard not to feel sorry for Mark Hateley, whose contribution to a famous night in English football is a little overshadowed by Barnes's wonderful performance that night - whose cross allowed Hateley to double England's lead.

It may only have been a friendly, but a victory against Brazil in their own back yard is something worth shouting about and is fondly remembered to this day - especially given the manner of England's victory, and the quality of the opening strike from Barnes.

Below are the highlights: 

England would return to the Maracana in 2013 to play the first international game in the redeveloped stadium. They almost followed in the footsteps of those that were victorious 29 years earlier as they came from behind to lead 2-1 in the second half of that encounter only to be denied by a late Paulinho equaliser. 

England's Frank Lampard in action at MaracanaEngland's Frank Lampard in action at Maracana

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