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Brazil Thump Bafana

International Friendly Report: South Africa V Brazil

International Friendly

Full Time: South Africa 0-5 Brazil

Date: 5 March 2014

Venue: FNB Stadium

Goals from Oscar, Fernandinho and a hat-trick from Neymar saw Brazil thump South Africa 4-0 in an international friendly at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was a composed opening 45 minutes that saw Brazil control the match from the onset and take a two goal lead into the half time break.

Bafana, though, had the first shot on goal in the third minute as Dean Furman saw his powerful long range shot well-saved by Julio Cesar.

Brazil, though, were quick to respond with Fred volleying a right wing cross from Hulk agonisingly wide four minutes later.

The visitors then opened the scoring in the tenth minute when Hulk slipped Oscar through on goal and the Chelsea man made no mistake as he chipped an onrushing Ronwen Williams, 1-0.

Bernard Parker tried to hit back for Bafana five minutes later when he let fly form 30-yards out, but he saw his effort sail over the crossbar.

Neymar created his first bit of panic for the South African defence in the 21st minute as he broke into the box from the left side, but saw his attempt from an acute angle well-saved by Williams.

Eight minutes later Neymar should have scored when he broke through the middle of the Bafana defence and was left with just the keeper to beat, but Williams produced a great one-on-one stop.

Neymar did finally find his goal five minutes before the break with a low shot form the edge of the box that found its way under Williams and into the bottom right corner, 2-0.

Brazil continued to dominate matters in the second half and underlined their superiority with their third goal a minute after the restart.

Neymar was slipped through on goal and he calmly chipped the onrushing Williams to make it 3-0.

Bafana tried to fight their way back into the match, but really struggled to breakdown a well-organised Brazil defence.

The home side did come close to finding a consolation goal in the 64th minute when Thulani Serero slipped Ayanda Patosi through on goal, but he saw his close range effort magnificently stopped by Cesar.

Ten minutes later only the brilliance of Williams kept Bafana three behind when Dani Alves broke through on goal, but he produced a good stop to deny him.

The icing on the cake for Brazil was their fourth goal in the 80th minute as Fernandinho powered home a 30-yard shot into the top left-hand corner of the net, 4-0.

Brazil did not let up there and Neymar picked up his hat-trick in the 91st minute, tapping home from close range after Willian headed a left wing cross into his path, 5-0.

-Soccer Laduma

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