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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: 11:45 pm
It is very sad that we lost the game & I cannot celebrate a loss. Gaxa should have played the ball to the left but he is a cow, mahlangu should have done better, khune was very brilliant. For the first time watched with hope for 90 mins. Our coach is very great ; he knows what he do..... Well done. Going foward, I see lot of positives.... Viva GI vivaaa.... Viva BB vivaaaa...... Proudly SA
posted: 11:45 pm
@phefeni boy,I dont care if any1 takes me srs or not...fact remains he played bad for 90 minutes,nd ur crying abt 11 minutes....? just use ur brains for once this aint op or kc its a national team,representing MZANSI as a whole nt just Nazoorena.....again....KHUNE...u wer just superb....as for sangweni neymar was ayoung boy to u keep it up............fact parker reached his 4 goals limit...
posted: 11:49 pm
Reply :CJB Ramses III

We dont need people like you in this country. You are too negative.
posted: 11:56 pm
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...??

Between KG n Furman(nkomo), they did n't even pass a single ball forward, they chased the game until the end. Why are we playing without a right wing, Gordon is too defensive n his team had no plan,

Did n't we praise them like this after a draw against Mexico, hat happened since then. Did n't we celebrate a draw again Ivory Coast n Ghana, what happened since then.

Yes Khune played but he conceded an important goal..
posted: 12:01 am
Shabba costed us ,chıefs fans u can try and defend hım
posted: 12:01 am
We were let down by Yeye, Shaba and May, adawise great perfomace,
posted: 12:01 am
Where was that player that made noise when he scored FOUR goals against a hapless amazulu?Ai,I heard he was running like a headless chicken.HEHEHEHEHE FOUR goal hero.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 12:04 am
Gordon must be praised for positivity.... in the form of 1 defensive midfielder & the 4-3-3 formation, but in the same breathe he must be condemned for poor squad selection...

Some players must man-up, show leadership and take responsibility and retire from international football....

I've said it... there is no way that players like Shabba will give us more than their embarressing best... he can't control the ball, can't shoot, can't pass, can't shield, can't cross, he's selfish...

Makhosi please help the nation and recall Tshabalala & Gaxa from the national team... 50+ caps and they still can't carry the nation....? putting pressure on Serero to play a leadership role....?

Please Makhosi....
posted: 12:06 am
Sweden lost 3-0 against Brasil in Brasil & we lost 1-0 against Brasil in Brasil, we are ranked far much lower than sweden so even if we did not win, we deserve a credit. How about failing to beat botswana or celebrating a draw at home.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 12:16 am
Well done to Bafana Bafana for the brave fight.....many nations have failed to beat Brazil in their back yard....iam not ashamed with that performance........even the Brazilians know we gave them a run for their money...the fans we not booing their squad for nothing....I honestly did not expect us to beat Brazil tonite..i dont know how many of you expected a win..
CJB Ramses III
posted: 12:20 am
@keyboard posted: 11:49 pm

Who are you...?

Anyway let me make you night & engage you for a second...

Let's say for the sake of aurgument that I'm "too negative" as you put it...

did you ever receive a gold star at crèche for not being able to recite your ABC...?

Let's take it to a higher level... did you great a degree for failing a major subject...

Can you score a goal if you can't pass the ball...?

In your view were Brazilians being negative or positive for booing mediocrity...?

Well call me negative sir if I don't stand-up with you hand-in-hand perpertuating an inferiority complex & a lust for being a loser... not me...!

Hai la....

On the contrary papa, maybe the country needs more people like me were good is not good-enough...
posted: 12:22 am
gud game bafana
posted: 12:25 am
None the less,sekgowa boss,GORDON O BOSSO
Son of dis Soil
posted: 12:45 am
Every so often one wonders which football game some of the KO bloggers had been watching, with that said, we should never subject our national team to particular narrow PSL clubs sentimentality that is devoid of substance. Sadly we have lost again as it seems to be a fashion trend on our part, however, they were a number of positives that can be derived from this loss and negatives as well that need to be arrested. Is Many Mahlangu ready for this level?
Theo wale khozi
posted: 12:55 am
This team played like it was not their first camp under gorden's spell and reason Brazilians they didn't play well its because the boys they didn't allow them to play their game
posted: 01:23 am
Skepe Mketule
posted: 02:01 am
May Mahlangu that was ameteurish from you, why are you so weak maaan
CJB Ramses III
posted: 02:48 am
We've been here before South Africans... narrowly losing to a so-called top footballing nation only to foul ourselves to say that we are on the right track...

People might perceive some of our comments as negative.. but reality is we are hurting very badly... and the reason why some of us hurt is that we realize that nations like Brazil & Spain are stealing our shine....

That's were we belong as a nation... at the very top... we all saw for ourselves that when we want to, we are better than anyone in the world.... it's just that players & coaches alike don't wanna apply themselves consistently enough... hence leading to the frustration & a perception of negativity...
cause some of us consciously know that we are the best pound for pound...!
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 03:58 am
Me um happy not for the loss but for the effort pirates supporters again exposing their stupodity praising their players and insulting khune nd shaba anyway GOD that's what we have to deal with idiots.

I am ashamed to be sharing a nation with these idiots. Its a fact its a loose can we please win on tuesday by 5 goals.
posted: 05:07 am
Yha they play well let's hope gorden learn more in his first SA friendly match we trust that man he can do better & make us proud 4 our nation team
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