Dominant Bafana beat All Whites
Posted: 17 June 2009 Time: 22:25
Bafana Bafana have put in a dominant performance as they outplayed New Zealand 2-0 in the 2009 Confederations Cup Group A encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Sports in Rustenburg on Wednesday night.
The South Africans could have gotten close to double-figures as they played some sparkling carpet football, but in the end had to be content with just a brace from Bernard Parker in what was an excellent chance to boost their goal-difference.
Terror Fanteni should have done better with an early chance when he was set-up by Teko Modise, but his ‘fresh air’ shot was cleared by the defence, while Modise tried his luck from all of 35-yards, but his effort was wide.
It was a bright beginning from Bafana and they were certainly doing all the running; Fanteni forcing New Zealand goalkeeper Glen Moss into work with a header after a good cross from Tsepo Masilela.
Fanteni had the ball in the back of the net on 10 minutes, but was adjudged offside, with replays suggesting he was perhaps just on, while Steven Pienaar fired straight at Moss from the edge of the box.
But the goal finally did come on 21 minutes and it was through Bafana’s most potent attacker, Parker. Pienaar fed Masilela on the left and the fullback did brilliantly to get the byline before crossing low for Parker, who put the ball in the back of the net, despite the strong hand of Moss.
Parker almost had a second with a brilliant run and shot that was saved by Moss with an outstretched foot, while Aaron Mokoena headed over from an angled free-kick as the home side finished the half strongly in search of a second.
Modise had the first shot of the second half as he linked well with Pienaar on the edge of the area before firing high and wide, and then repeated the dose a few minutes later.
But Parker did make it 2-0 on 52 minutes and again the supply came from the excellent Masilela, who crossed hard and low and the Red Star Belgrade man turned the ball home with his knee.
Bafana were finding space all over the park now and Modise almost got Parker in for his third, while shortly afterwards a sublime pass from Pienaar found Modise in space, but he shot wide.
Just before, the perennially offside Fanteni was replaced with Katlego Mashego, who was adjudged offside when clean through, but again replays showed he was at least half-a-yard on. Mashego then had the ball in the back of the net from a Pienaar pass, but this time he definitely was offside.
Mashego then had two chances inside a minute which he should have buried - the first a one-on-one with the goalkeeper; the second when he was brilliantly set-up just outside the six-yard box by substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Mashego then had an even better chance when he was put free six yards from goal, but with just the goalkeeper to beat, allowed Moss to save.