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Brave Bafana beaten by Brazil

Posted: 25 June 2009 Time: 22:25

Brazil overcame a gallant Bafana Bafana to win their 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal 1-0 at a freezing Ellis Park on Thursday night.

A brilliant 87th minute free-kick from Dani Alves secured the win for the South Americans, who now advance to play the USA in Sunday’s Final. South Africa will meet Spain once again in the third-place play-off on the same day.

Sporting their snazzy new green kit, Bafana were struggling to find their passing range early on and it was Ramires who had the first effort on goal, shooting from the edge of the area but straight at Itumeleng Khune.

It was followed soon afterwards by a blistering shot from 30-yards by Siboniso Gaxa that missed the far post and, in fairness, Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar appeared to have it covered in any case.

Bafana skipper Aaron Mokoena should have given the home side the lead after 21 minutes when he rose unmarked to meet Teko Modise’s long free-kick, but he couldn’t keep his header down and it powered over the bar with the Brazilian defence all at sea.

It was all Bafana at this stage but, for all their possession, poor passing and too much time on the ball meant they failed to trouble Julio Cesar.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, who had looked lively early on, finally tested the palms of the Brazilian goalkeeper with a well-struck free-kick from 35-yards, but in truth it was a save you would expect the stopper to make.

Modise then wasted a great chance for Bafana on the counter as they found themselves in a three-on-three situation, but he took the worst option ... to shoot from 35-yards and the ball went hopelessly wide, much to the disgust of Bernard Parker.

Andre Santos had an effort from 30-yards with his left-foot that was comfortably saved by Khune, while a mazy run from Kaka saw him side-foot a shot from the edge of the area that flew just wide of the post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Khune again had to be alert after Kaka steamed down the right flank, took on Matthew Booth and fired a low shot towards the bottom corner, while at the other end Julio Cesar got a touch to a drive from Pienaar, but the decision was a goal-kick.

Tsepo Masilela fouled Andre Santos to provide a free-kick chance for the Brazilian left-back, but Pienaar showed the kind of excellent commitment he had displayed all night to rush to block the effort.

Robinho had the first effort of the second half, a shot from 30-yards that was never troubling Khune, while Kaka headed over after neat build-up play on the right.

Modise forced Julio Cesar into a fine save after a deflected shot was just squeezing in the post, while at the other end, Khune was forced into some work by the quiet Luis Fabiano, and then Mokoena’s poor clearance allowed Robinho to try an acrobatic effort that went wide.

Great persistence from Masilela and Tshabalala down the left saw the latter cross for Parker, who rose unmarked, but could not get his head to the ball, while Mokoena did brilliantly to get across and block a shot from Robinho.

But the second half was proving a much tighter affair than the first with both side’s struggling for clear-cut openings.

Mokoena brought down Ramires with a needless foul on the edge of the area with just four minutes to play, and the home hearts were broken as substitute Alves stroked home the free-kick past an unsighted Khune.

The Bafana goalkeeper then made a tremendous save to deny Fabiano when the Brazilian looked certain to score.

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:10 pm
What did I tell you people? Didnt I say Aaron must go? Didnt I say Santana must go? How do you justify making your 1st substitute in the 90th minute?
Anonymous
posted: 11:21 pm
Mbazo uyinkomo boss Khune welldone sonny u a something else
Anonymous
posted: 11:27 pm
Me I like to say our Boys are playing well but they must stop holding ball too much they must string passis quickly.Tank you
Anonymous
posted: 04:21 am
Reading Walters comments makes me sick.
Bafana Bafana gave their best, played like a giant against 5 times World Cup Champ.
Lost due a freekick from a player that worth more than all Bafana Bafana players together.
I CONGRAT ALL BB TEAM AND COACH SANTANA ! GJ IT WAS A HELL OF A GAME !!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:54 am
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION:

AS SUPPORTERS OF BAFANA BAFANA WE DEMAND THAT THE COACH OF BAFANA BAFANA TO IMMEDIATELY RECALL BENNI.
WE WANT BENNI MCCARTHY BACK WE DON'T HAVE A PROVEN GOAL SCORER.

WE DEMAND THAT AARON MOKOENA BE PLAYED ON HIS PREFARED DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD POSITION.

WE DEMAND THAT AARON MOKOENA BE STRIPPED OF THE CAPTAIN BAND, AND THAT STEVEN PIENAAR BE GIVEN THE ARMBAND.

Yours Faithfully
The supporters of South Africa.
Anonymous
posted: 07:51 am
We want Benny but you gotta ask Benny if he still wants to play for Bafana, sadly i recal he doesnt show up when we needed him...
Anonymous
posted: 08:14 am
The boyz made us Proud with such a Breathtaking performance. We can only Build from this platform.

Please RSA let us build this team not chop & Change it.

Viva Bafana Bafana.
Anonymous
posted: 09:22 am
Walter and Mozwe, let us first give praise to Bafana for their splendid performance before we complain. Benni or no Benni we are still South Africans. The guys played well but we all know you can't win unless you score. That has been the team's downfall in many occassions. As for our Mbazo, i still don't understand why is he still a captain. He can't think. Giving a freekick on the edge of the box with just five minutes to go doesn't warrant any logic from a captian of national team. We lost two games because of this guy. He doesn't know how to guide a player out of the box. We know that international footballers dive a lot and a minute you put in your leg they fall. Mbazo doesn't know because he sits on the bench the entire season in England. Besides, Bafana need to know that we play to score. That's the reason we have poles. 2 goals in four games...? Hmm! Good play though. All the guys played well
Anonymous
posted: 09:34 am
All in all is a game at d end it ws supps 2 hav a wina,awa MAN did well.Thy matchd d samba boys,on d Brzlian,s previouz game ba nole metsi fela wit their opponets wit high goalz rona bo so called..Developin tim we show dem wt we capable of.Ys Madima Magic realy wrkd.Balole ka bokgabane balwela naga.MaAfrika are tshwaraganeng re dire pula e nele naga ya rona.
Anonymous
posted: 11:34 am
Bafana Bafana played very well last night. Although, we lost by a narrow margin at the dying minutes of the game, but it was steling performance indeed. I don't buy this notion of chopping and changing coaches. The fact of the matter is that we are still thin in developingi quality players because the structure whinc suppose to develop players is not done in a proper. In fact, we should have reserve league, under 23, 20 and 17 which playing nationaly week in and out. Ivory Coast has done this successfully. That is why at one time top teams in Europe once had players who were from that part of the continent. Not unlesss all PSL teams take development seriously, we would going no where in term of producing top class players. The tipical example of lack of development is Teko Modise. In the entire tournament he was nowhere. This is a clear indication of not growing through the development structure of Safa's junior national teams.
For him to join the overseas team soon the better. Otherwise he will be wasted here.
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