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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...

KING?
posted: 11:15 pm
Until when are we going to celebrate not losing with a big score. Brasil was unlucky thanks to Itumeleng. Some nation will take their chances. Brasil has the future while SA celebrate losing by a goal to Brasil. I don't believe I was in this country wher people tolerate mediocrity.

I as very impressed by Brasi fans for Booing their players which is the attitude of Pirates fans when they demand the best. Gordon I am so dissapointed
Ntsipane-Maphanga
posted: 11:15 pm
GAXA WAS ALWAYS OUT OF POSITION THATS WHY WE LOST
barneygal
posted: 11:16 pm
Shabba le yena mara! Ws very disapointed
bakes
posted: 11:19 pm
atleast we know where the problem areas are now unlike when Pitso was a coach, Igesund needs time to work with these players.

Furman: th stage was too much for but he recovered well in the second half
Shaba: not sure why he loses the ball so much nowadays
Masenamela: defence suspect but good when going forward
Mahlangu: needs more time atb this level but will impove with time

The coach must form an iron shield around this team so that players like Jali work hard for a callup
1st Ghost In Bucs
posted: 11:20 pm
Credit must go to Sangweni for containing Neymar n Khune for Saving Suffer's Ebarrasment. But as we all know that even if Khune can save 100 Goals he will concede at the end. So until Bafana Bachiefs win kept clean sheet. I wil never Praise this Little Brat. Khune cost us a game as Usual.
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 11:24 pm
ARE WE CELEBRATING MEDIOCRITY AGAIN? LOSING 1 NIL DOESN'T MEAN WE PLAYED WELL. WHAT MATTERS MOST IS THE RESULT. BRAZIL COULD HAVE SCORED MORE THAN ONE...
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 11:27 pm
Well played Magents. And itswape ye g-string ka McFatty bemphethe ka buhlungu yoh. Ngimbone e zama ukuyisusa.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:28 pm
UBenny namabele yesesssesss nxa.....the nation never wanted this Fat Man near Bafana Bafana at the fisrt place....now we can all forget about him and let younger players like Dino,Rantie,Parker e..t.c represent the nation upfront.......I really dont wanna hear about Benny this Benny that.....the man is finished klaar.....we told these Gorillas.

CJB Ramses III
posted: 11:28 pm
I think we were just as poor as the Brazilians... we played in patches, mostly hoofing the ball away... but we looked more dangerous going forward...

It's unfortunate that so-called senior players with over 50 caps will remain as useless as they were ever since the 1st day they were picked to represent the nation...

Thulani looked like the one with over 50 caps... a player with over-reliance on one leg will forever be useless...

How much longer must we still endure...
BBM17
posted: 11:32 pm
ppl complain,abt benni getting injured in just 11 minutes on the pitch.....why not complain about that 2x failure of trials in MVELA wase ENGLAND...for being selfish...nd jst being dispossed for holding the ball too long?....fact he is an AVERAGE player.....KHUNE good job...atleast it shows wer ur future is heading...
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 11:33 pm
Not a bad game for Sir GI's first game in charge. The players need to up their game, they need to fight for the pride of the nation.

We played well, im happy with the way they defended but they were very scrappy in their passing game and their movement off the ball. What i saw was that they were more worried about defending(even when they had the ball) than holding it and frustrating the opponent.

Im not happy with loosing the game but overall we can only get better from here. I see a great future and a succesfull spell for GI. For me Shabba should have been replaced in the 2nd half for a second striker.
Khosi_4_Life
posted: 11:34 pm
Mahlangu cost us this game...I am pleased with the performance though..we were playing Brazil in Brazil with all their stars. Khune once again proved why he is Mzansi's NO1. Sangweni, Khumalo, Gaxa, Parker, Serero, Furman, Shabangu, Masenamela, Yeye and Shabba all played well, though Shabba was terrible in the first half, lost too many balls. Overall the team showed some character, yes it would have been better to win or draw but I think we are on the right track...
Makoya zn-banned-user
posted: 11:35 pm
Kim Kardashian let the team down once again bt not pierAIDS this time but the whole nation & not by a RED CARD or FIGHTING as he is famously known of but by being FAT & UNFIT, i hope GI neva calls him again. Coming to da game i have to say it was a solid game 4 bafana xcept 4 shabba who i thought was not his usual self but compared to mbuyeme, langerman, klate, mayambela & all other cows in the PSL he was on form. Once gain Khune proved y he is & wiil always be SA's no 1 even if he losses his teeth like josephs HE will remain number UNO(1).

Well done igesund, there are more positives than negatives. Whatever any RAT wantS 2 say. No SA'n team has gone 2 Brazil & lost by 1 goal xcept @ home, if today's game was played in SA we wuld have beaten dis overated Brazil. They r just full of stars & nothing 2 show for it jst like this SA'n team called SUNDUNUSA.

I thank u & will now listen & respond on my IPAD.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:36 pm
@BBM17

Its time change your name.....the fat man is no more......he is time is up....he is no longer relevent in our football....he had his time....if you keep that name no one will take you serious on this blog...
KING?
posted: 11:37 pm
If Serero can pull such a perfomance why not try other young players. Most of the time we where chasing play n defending, how is this suppose to be a good perfomance. Even Pitso could have played a draw or lose by a goal against Brasil. Gordon I did n't see anything new n fresh. I just saw a young player Serero showwing senior players how it suppose to be.

I am tired of watching these guys now without results
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:41 pm
Moneeb Joseph will remain on the bench till he retire AGAIN.....he is not needed...Williams and Keet need to be part of the Bafana set up.....
CJB Ramses III
posted: 11:42 pm
How can people say we are going somewhere...? we are still going around the same circle...

once again we haven't scored... this sort of scoreline is not new between the 2 teams...

People are blogging with pride here as if something was achieved... useless football "analysts" are misleading the nation... speaking with pride after losing a game...

"Yeh yeh we were not humiliated..." we were never going to be humiliated by Brazil... knowing that we should have gone for the kill....!

Hhe banna which game were you people watching.... Brazillians won but they were still booing their players... and here we are wanting to speak with pride after losing.... What sort of a nation are we...??

If we could have one or 2 more Serero's - ambidextrous players...
DUDE RUMZA
posted: 11:44 pm
hurt luck guys next time will do the best
El Sol
posted: 11:44 pm
Khune, Sangweni&KG played well.#
Punch, Gaxa &Furman made mistakes but were average.#
Shaba& Yeye were terrible.##PARKER had limited time but was good. My point is CLASEEN,TEKO,JALI,RANTIE&MPHELA can add a bit of value &competition on the squad.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 11:45 pm
Are people watching Columbia Mara...? SSHD2/ SS7.... Serious footballing nations...
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