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Posted: 7 September 2012 Time: 22:55

On paper it was a mismatch of note, but five-time world champions Brazil were made to sweat for a 1-0 win against South Africa at Estadio do Morumbi on Friday.

Substitute Hulk scored the game’s winner with 15 minutes to go, but Bafana Bafana will take a lot of positives from the game, knowing they pushed one of the world’s top sides all the way on their own turf.

Kick-off was delayed by almost 20 minutes, making it an even more nerve-wracking wait for new coach Gordon Igesund and his two debutants, Dean Furman and Dino Ndlovu.

And right from the get-go the visitors got stuck in, with Siyabonga Sangweni making Neymar’s day an uncomfortable one.

Bafana were holding their own, and should have taken the lead on 12 minutes. Siboniso Gaxa played a one-two with Ndlovu on the edge of the area and found himself one-on-one with Diego Alves, but his shot was a weak one and straight at the keeper.

Brazil were next to threaten five minutes later as Dede found himself unmarked from a free-kick, but his powerful header was well saved by Itumeleng Khune.

Sangweni again had Neymar’s number midway through the half when he reacted quickest to deny the Brazilian attacker a shot at goal.

There was heartbreak for Ndlovu just past the half-hour mark when he went down with what looked like a dislocated shoulder, allowing Benni McCarthy to come on for his 80th international cap.

Khune was called into action a minute later to parry a long-range shot, and just before the break again when he stood tall to save in a one-on-one from Neymar, who was having a game to forget.

There was one more significant piece of action just before half-time as McCarthy limped off with an ankle injury after a challenge from David Luiz – his comeback lasting just 10 minutes.

Bafana started the second half in style and could have netted twice in the opening five minutes of the second half.

First Lerato Chabangu let fly from distance with a shot that sailed inches over, before Parker produced some magic, skinning Chelsea’s Luiz before squaring a ball which Dede cleared over his own bar.

Brazil hit back – first Leandro powered a shot into the side-netting, before the anonymous Neymar fired straight at Khune from 20 yards out.

The Kaizer Chiefs goalie was at his best, and produced another fantastic diving save with 20 minutes to go when he kept out Neymar’s curling freekick.

But even Khune was powerless to stop the opener five minutes later. Luiz got in behind Bafana’s defence and powered a shot which Khune parried, only for Hulk to thunder the rebound into the back of the net.

Brazil had a few more half-chances towards the end as Bafana pushed forward, but in the end settled for a very nervy 1-0 Independence Day victory against the gallant South Africans.

Brazil (0) 1 (Hulk 75)
South Africa 0

Brazil: Diego Alves, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Dede, Marcelo (Alex Sandro 60), Lucas Moura, Romulo (Paulinho 64), Ramires, Oscar, Leandro Damiao (Hulk 64), Neymar (Arouca 90)

South Africa: Khune, Gaxa, Khumalo, Sangweni, Masenamela, Furman (Mahlangu 59), Dikgacoi, Tshabalala, Chabangu (Letsholonyane 56), Ndlovu (McCarthy 33) (Parker 44), Serero (Maluleka 76)

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:59 pm
weldone makhosi.baphoxeka o king nespray namanye amagorila face.
Cyril dzambukeri
posted: 11:01 pm
Well done boys you showed them respect..... Come back home we'l defeat our neigbour on tuesday
posted: 11:01 pm
Hop Gordon learn a lesson dat fieldng 1 team 4 SA waz a big mistakes.Hard luck Bafana Beteam ethile loooooooool
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:03 pm
Brave fight by Bafana Bafana........Khune was briliant.
Mo Freak
posted: 11:04 pm
Wow i must really say our 2nd half performance was Very Impressive, Parker really changed da game & itz just unfortunate Serero had 2 go out thru injury bcuz he was our mastermind.
Im a Chiefs fan but i dnt tink Yeye & Shabba shuld play simultaneously 4 da Squad, dey r wasteful & selfish bcuz dey share da ball amongst each ada.
Anyway overall i c success ahead 4 Gordon & our Boys, Parker was my man of da match & Khune!
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:04 pm
U Benny wama masimba.....that was his last game for Bafana Bafana.
posted: 11:05 pm
We lose n we celebrate losing by a goal to Brasil. This is a nation with no vision.
Theo wale khozi
posted: 11:05 pm
Mahlangu cost us this game if he didn't wait for the ball it should have been something better, but anyway good performance indeed am very proud of this boys hope to see continuity from this game
posted: 11:05 pm
Brazil beat Bafana Bafana bcoz of a stupid cow reffree sies. Gordon Igesund u are the best 4 S.A I believe in we will afcon next. Viva Bafana Bafana viva.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:06 pm
Siyabonga Sangweni played well....
posted: 11:06 pm
Yeah we played wel guyz kp up good.Hop we wl burry Mozambique come Tuesday.Man of da match Khune 4 sure
posted: 11:07 pm
Simphiwe Tshabalala is playing sh!t period!!!
posted: 11:08 pm
Well done boys. Khune u once again prove ur worth. POP CORN (Neima) was nowhere, u guys contained him. Well done again.
posted: 11:12 pm
king uyshama yazi,nw dat we didnt lose by 5 as u said u angry dat we congratulating da plys 4brave perfomance.wow u realy stupid.
The Ghost
posted: 11:13 pm
When are we gonna beat these guys mara? I am not happy with a loss. Hopefully we will get them next time.
posted: 11:13 pm
well done, we could have won de game. We seem to be going somewhere
posted: 11:13 pm
posted: 11:14 pm
Sidliwe bt guyz played wel.hop dyc gordon wl c da need 2 pul out shabalala so to win nxt tym.he z so selfish........syahlehl kumarankingz umzansi 4 sure.
El Sol
posted: 11:14 pm
Did anyone see NEYMAR laughing after seeing a FAT, OLD MAN coming on for Dino Ndlovu??
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:15 pm
Did the Fat Man touch the ball?......lasted only 11 minutes.......what a way to say goodbye to his international football......
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