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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...

Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 12:05 pm
Brave Bafana Bafana my foot, we have being saying this for the past 15 years without any progress...
posted: 12:11 pm
m proud bt fed-up of bafana always matching any team they play against around de globe. e.g
spain3-2bafana (world cup)
spain 3-2 bafana (confederation)
brazil 1-0 bafana (confederation)
brazil 1-0 bafana (frendly game)
france 1-2bafana (world cup)
ethiopia 0-0 bafana
botswana 1-1 bafana
The previous scorelines clearly shows dat de talent we have. bt i think we lack de killer instict we always try match our opponents which always leads to a narrow loose if not win.mzanzi being 1ofde top 10 premierleagues inde world can make us proud if they can min busnes wheneva bafana plays. And i still think we need dat magic(anchor) kind of a player who is always on top of his game with de lykz Dunga, Zidane, Doctor Khumalo, Messi, Pirlo, Yaya T, C.Ronaldo, Iniesta,Xavi,S Ibramovich.

Bafana r almost lyk England.Even spain till they produsd ds kind of players neva won anythin they always came close bt neva.
posted: 12:14 pm
Guys if the goal keeper was on form n deserve man of the match then this reflect that Brasil was putting pressure n our defence could n't deal with them.

I don't understand the celebratons when out tried n tested failed yet again. Can u imagine this Brasil team in 2014 where our boys will be watching from hom as long as GI is stil in charge.
posted: 12:18 pm
Fact: Khune is the best keeper in the Mzansi until Moneeb retire again
posted: 12:42 pm
Hoooryyyyt keee hi luzile ebrazil, tsakanii swinene keeee.
posted: 01:00 pm
King? Stop complaining. Pitso had more than 4 years with the team but u r last at the world cup qualification
posted: 01:29 pm
listener62 - how did Pitso have 4 years with the team if Perreira was in charge in 2010, anifundiseni labantu benu ukubala, maybe u wanted to say Pitso has been long ith the team.

At Brasil they boooea a team that is playing well n leading by a goal but in SA Chiefs fans praise their players for embarrasing the national team.

Have we forgoten about the famous dance from the failures. Have e forgotten ho the same Khune dissapointed us in the 2010WC.
posted: 01:30 pm
@KING?What are you saying now, Are you saying what I think you are saying?NO bra I think its time we as the fan we let the couch to do his job.Last night game was not that bad the boys played very well.
treble freedom in our life time
posted: 02:18 pm
are we suposed to be comfortable that we lost against a weak team? the fact that they were playing at home means n0thing cos other teams have beaten them there, hence you see them going down the fifa rankings. that furman is playing in a third division in england, what gives him the right to ply ahead of pls players cos egland national team is also not a world beater
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 07:45 pm
Shabba was simply star struck. KG played kak. Pa was not tactically inept. Sir Parker the Fourth was simpy sublime, he must be investigated, he was on some Brazilian hashish hehehe As for Itu, the boy can fly in the air. Slim Kat must keep his teeth company on the bench. Queen Bee what an embarassment to the nation, this woman must just retire and focusing on her acting role at the Mayfarm soapie.
posted: 10:05 am
What's the big deal here? We lost mos!
posted: 10:45 am
This SA biggest problem, every time they loose the celebrate
posted: 12:00 pm
i still believe Bafana played well in thier last game under Kompela. and in their game against Brazil was impressrd with the defence
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