Khune keeps it tight for Bafana

2012-09-08 00:00

Brazil (0) 1

South Africa 0

SAO PAULO — Gordon Igesund’s first match in charge of South Africa ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Brazil in an international friendly played in Sao Paulo last night.

A late goal from former Porto attacker Hulk was all that separated the teams.

Igesund fielded two debutants in his starting XI, Dean Furman and Dino Ndlovu, and also threw Lerato Chabangu straight into the fray on his return to the national team.

Brazil dominated the first half, but South Africa created the opening scoring opportunity on 12 minutes when right-back Siboniso Gaxa surged clear down the right of the penalty area, only to see his low shot well saved at the near post by goalkeeper Diego Alves.

From then on it was the hosts creating all the scoring chances in the remainder of the first half, but they found Itumeleng Khune in vintage form. The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper produced fine saves to keep out efforts from Dede, Lucas Moura and Neymar.

South Africa suffered injury problems in the build-up to the match when several players of the original squad pulled out, and their bad luck in this regard continued when Ndlovu was forced off with a shoulder injury, bringing on veteran Benni McCarthy just after the half hour mark.

Yet the Orlando Pirates striker lasted just over 10 minutes himself before suffering what looked a serious hamstring injury, and Bernard Parker became Igseund’s second unscheduled substitution within the first 45 minutes.

Bafana improved as an attacking force after the break and had the Brazilian defence under real pressure on several occasions, most notably in the 50th minute when Parker worked space for a low cross that was almost bundled into his own net by Brazilian defender Dede; had he missed it, Siphiwe Tshabalala would have had a tap-in.

Bafana then eased off, handing their opponents the attacking impetus. On 70 minutes Khune made another excellent save, palming away a goal-bound free kick from Neymar.

Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Khune kept out a shot to the near post by David Luiz, but substitute Hulk latched onto the rebound and fired an unstoppable volley into the back of the net, handing Brazil victory on the 190th anniversary of their independence from Portugal.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.