BRAZIL GIVES BAFANA A HIGH 5
By: Neo Goba
Bafana Bafana hosted five-time World Champions Brazil who hammered them 5-0 on Wednesday night at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Barcelona star Neymar got a hat-trick while Oscar and Fernandinho also got the name on score sheet. The Brazilians started the match wearing their famous yellow shirts before changing into an all blue strip in second half.
The Selecao took the lead in the 10th minute through an angled pass from Hulk through to Oscar who made a beautiful run down the right and chipped his shot over goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.
Bongani Khumalo had to be substituted by Siyanda Xulu in the 20th minute as he suffered an injury. Neymar then quickly capitalized from a Bafana’s mistakes at the back but he was denied a goal by Williams who blocked his shot.
Despite Gordon Igesund’s calling of certain key players such as Andile Jali, Thulani Serero, Dean Furman, they weren’t such a threat for the Brazilians. Neymar almost doubled the score through an incisive dribble in the midfield but Williams was quick to get off his line and his effort took a deflection.
After numerous shots at goal, the second goal came just before half time as Neymar created space for himself and scores through a low shot between Williams’ legs.
Daylon Claasen had the hosts’ real first chance at goal before the end of the first half, dispossessing the ball in the midfield before shooting wide of the goal post.
Brazil emerged from the dressing room with a rather unfamiliar outfit and that caught the eyes of the audience. The Brazilians continued with the tally of goals and made it 3-0 within seconds of the restart through Neymar, making it his second for the night.
Another chance arose in the 63rd minute through substitute Ayanda Patosi who had a clear sight of goal but veteran Julio Cesar made a fine save to maintain his clean sheet.
The Selecao proved once again why they are five time Champions as Fernandinho scored their fourth goal with a brilliant solo effort. He capitalized from a failed clearance outside South Africa’s box and netted home a stunner in the top left hand corner leaving Williams frozen.
The 23-year-old Neymar finally got his hat-trick in stoppage time who was headed back the ball from Jo after Danny Avles’s cross into the box making it 5-0 to the Brazilians who took this game very seriously ahead of World Cup.