RIO DE JANEIRO – Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro reopened following lengthy renovations, with Paulinho scoring on an 82nd-minute volley to give Brazil a 2-2 tie against England in an exhibition Sunday.
Fred put the five-time world champions ahead in the 57th minute, and England took a 2-1 lead on goals by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 67th and Wayne Rooney in the 79th.
About 66,000 fans attended the match at Maracana, which had closed for reconstruction in September 2010. The work, estimated to cost up to $1 billion, turned the stadium into a venue with a capacity of about 79,000.
Maracana was site of Brazil's loss to Uruguay in the final game of the 1950 World Cup, which FIFA says drew 173,850 and other sources list at up to 199,854.
The stadium will host the final of this year's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.