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Brazil beat Bafana Bafana 5-0

Posted: 5 March 2014 Time: 21:32

Neymar netted a hat-trick as Brazil inflicted a record 5-0 defeat on Bafana Bafana at Soccer City on Wednesday night.

Oscar and Fernandinho scored the other goals as the Selecao showed the world they are ready to be considered serious challengers for the World Cup later this year, though the South Africans’ performance left a lot to be desired.

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Gordon Igesund’s men seemed overawed by the occasion, with the defence in particular nowhere to be seen for large parts of the game as debutant goalkeeper Ronwen Williams was left woefully exposed.

Bafana actually had the first shot on goal through Dean Furman, but Brazil were soon in the lead, with Oscar opening the scoring on 10 minutes. The Chelsea man ran onto Hulk’s precise pass from midfield before chipping over debutant Ronwen Williams.

The hosts suffered a further setback soon afterwards when Bongani Khumalo was stretchered off with a head injury, with Siyanda Xulu coming on in his place.

Williams denied Neymar twice in the space of eight minutes with smart saves, while Xulu produced a last-ditch tackle to deny Hulk a goal. However, there was no denying Neymar a third time on 41 minutes as he got some space on the edge of the area before firing home under Williams’ body.

Bafana almost pulled one back on the stroke of halftime when Furman dispossessed a Brazilian in midfield and surged towards goal, but his shot went narrowly wide.

The visitors came out for the second half with a changed kit, but it seemed to matter little as they netted a third just 27 seconds after the restart. Again Neymar was the scorer, chipping the ball over the onrushing Williams and into the empty net.

Substitute Willian almost added a fourth seconds later when his curling shot went inches wide of the far-post, before a number of substitutions slowed down the tempo of the game.

This allowed Bafana some foothold – and almost a goal as Ayanda Patosi found rare space in the box, but Julio Cesar denied him from point-blank range with an excellent save.

The respite was brief though, as Brazil hit back through Dani Alves, who was brilliantly denied by Williams who, despite the scoreline, was having a great debut match.

However, the young SuperSport United man could do nothing in the 79th minute when Fernandinho powered a thunderbolt into the top corner for the goal of the game.

Neymar was close to his hat-trick a minute from fulltime when his curling effort took a deflection and went wide, but he did get his third in injury-time, tapping home from close-range after a tap down by Jo – though the defence was again caught ball-watching.

So 5-0 to Brazil as they inflict a record defeat on Bafana, who will have some serious questions to answer before the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers kick off. 

South Africa: Williams, Ngcongca, Khumalo (Xulu 19th), Nthethe, Matlaba, Furman, Jali (Zungu 55th), Serero, Claasen (Ndlovu 52nd), Parker (Patosi 62nd), Rantie (Manyisa 46th)

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Rafinha, David Luiz (Dante 64th), Thiago Silva, Marcelo (Dani Alves 58th), Fernandinho, Paulinho (Luiz Gustavo 46th), Oscar (Ramires 46th), Neymar, Hulk (Willian 46th), Fred (Jo 62nd)

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CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-03-05 20:24:09

There is no better time to shut down national football... 

posted: 2014-03-05 20:25:01

We have mbalula en SAFA to blames,, they calld SA playrs a banch of lossers en foced igusnd ho khetha playrs frm oversees who hardly play, yah we do need young playrs bt Xprnc do count

posted: 2014-03-05 20:25:59

The only coach who did us proud was Mr Clive Barker as from then after its waste of time n money, we r failing everything

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-03-05 20:26:10

That's what happens when players from the league champs are not selected. U get a monster hiding.. Masha, Tower, Masilela should have been playing there.

posted: 2014-03-05 20:28:09

Donald Duck  

Mathoho is 10 times better than Thabo Nthethe 

posted: 2014-03-05 20:31:10

How can some people say we missed the same players who failed to qualify for both world cup and afcon. Got in by luck and exited afcon early. Made a mess of Chan? Come on guys this is not club football. Face the facts..we are just not good enough as a country in international football..no matter who plays or coaches.

Nkatha is better than all Pierats strikers
posted: 2014-03-05 20:31:52

Brazil was here for a purpose and achieved it. What did Bafunny Bafunny gained tonight? Fokoooooool.

As long as we rush for this cosmetics games with established nations in terms of football and allow SAFA to waste our money as taxpayers, we will go nowhere. First we need to conquer SADC before we can even think about playing the best of Africa, then the world beaters. This is like sending your kid to do grade R and then rush him/her to write a matric exam without doing the other grades....There is no future for Bafunny Bafunny with this piece meal quick wins approach.

Nkatha is better than all Pierats strikers
posted: 2014-03-05 20:35:28

@McCokhoba...Because Brazil pressed us in the middle of the park and our strikers died of lack of supply....need I say that football is a team sport plus individual brilliance of which was lacking from GI's coaching tonight.

posted: 2014-03-05 20:36:38

Let's jst accept that South Africa is jst not good enough when it comes to football... Only our Clubs are good enough otherwise haai we suck at international level, even if Jose Mourinho comes, nothing will change... South africa is only good at Cricket, Rugby and swimming... The rest of the sporting codes we suck!!!! The sooner we accept that the better

posted: 2014-03-05 20:37:05

CJB Ramses III  great idea but i fear the FIFA repercussions...

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-03-05 20:37:29

Ihlazo elingaka, noma ngingawubukelanga lomdlalo, kodwa ngizwe kuthiwa five nil, cha!!! I hlazo ngempela

posted: 2014-03-05 20:38:03

Wait a minute, is it a basketball or soccer? 5-0? Fifa and Caf must ban this country called south africa from playing soccer. Soccer is not meant for south africa because the humiliations you guys are getting from all countries in soccer is too much. Henceforth, anybody that talk about soccer in south africa will be arrested, anybody that play soccer in south africa will be jailed without parole. The only thing you can do is to host other country, that is allowed because that is the only thing you know how to do best in soccer... I can't stop laughing. 5-0? hahahahahahhahaha!!!!!

De Bruin
posted: 2014-03-05 20:38:32

Donald Duck  Mathoho and Masha should have been ze central defense pairing

posted: 2014-03-05 20:39:23

Millenium  don't be a prick, sir 

De Bruin
posted: 2014-03-05 20:40:54

ZK709 I thin we've had enough humiliation from these failures but we'll support 'em next time hoping things will change

Nkatha is better than all Pierats strikers
posted: 2014-03-05 20:41:09

SAFA must hold football imbizos and brainstorm as to what needs to be done. BB is still going to dent a lot of Coach careers as long as we dont identify this lingering problem. Players agents must just fokof and stop promoting players in their stable through Bafana Bafana call ups. PSL must plan around SAFA's programme of action.

posted: 2014-03-05 20:41:52

Conquer Africa 1st before going for super powers Bafunny Bafunny!!!!!!!!!

bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-03-05 20:42:16

Matoho or no Mathoho we were going 2 loose

posted: 2014-03-05 20:42:58

Millenium  Don't be a prick, sir

posted: 2014-03-05 20:43:16

ZK709 Millenium  You cant give what you don't have. Go and learn from West Africans their unrelenting attitudes on and off the pitch 

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