Confederations Cup

June 25, 2009


South Africa

0 - 1


Confederations Cup

18:30 +00:00, June 25, 2009

Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburgo

Referee: Massimo Busacca (SUI)

  • 93'

    Well I'm glad that's over. A miserable game and a miserable performance from Brazil. South Africa did well, but you can't help but feel if they'd been a little less cautious, they might have managed to win. They'll also be rueing Mokoena's miss in the first half.

  • 93'


  • 91'

    Tshabalala off and Mphela on. Mashego comes on too, but can't see for whom. Kleberson replaces Fabiano for Brazil.

  • 91'

    Alves breaks, Fabiano is played in one-on-one, and he manages to hit the keeper when he really ought to have scored.

  • 90'

    I know I've slated him tonight, but I do like Dunga's velvet jacket, although I wouldn't wear it.

  • 89'

    Brazil are trying to retain possession now.

  • 88'

    Alves, who had been eyeing the situation up as though he wanted to start a fight with it, bends a brilliant free kick around the edge of a wall that was perhaps a man short, clips the right hand post half way up, and goes in. He pulls up his shirt to reveal a tattoo of his name and is booked, hopefully for the poorness of his taste.

  • 87'


  • 86'

    At last Brazil show something. Kaka drives at the defence, feeds it into Ramires, and he's fouled on the edge of area, to the left hand side.

  • 85'

    And another thing I've just noticed. The very front of Dunga's hair hides the baldness that lies behind it. Good effort, but not good enough.

  • 84'

    Melo is robbed by Modise and Lucio is then adjudged to have fouled Pienaar, which elicits a tantrum. It's been bothering me all night, and I'm pleased to say I've at last realised who Lucio reminds me of - it's Ivan Lendl.

  • 83'

    Luisao has really quite a magnificent nose.

  • 82'

    Brazil's first good corner, but two of them get in each other's way.

  • 81'

    Alves is rolling down his girly poloneck in preparation for his imminent introduction. He replaces Santos.

  • 80'

    Modise shoots from miles out, and the ball flies equally far from the goal.

  • 78'

    Brazil get the ball into the box, and are crowded out by excellent pressure from the South African defenders.

  • 77'

    Booth - who has one of the longest necks I've seen and looks like one of hammerheads from Return to Oz - knocks the ball out of play, but is awarded the throw anyhow, much to Fabiano's consternation.

  • 76'

    South Africa have defended very well, but you'd have expected Brazil to find a way through at some point and create a chance.

  • 75'

    Robinho works some space running away from goal across the right hand side of the aerea, and Mokoena does very well to block.

  • 74'

    Tshabalala's cross is just too strong for Parker. He is not a better player than Benni McCarthy.

  • 73'

    Robinho's back heel returns Santos's pass, but his touch lets him down.

  • 72'

    Tshabalala really is a first class name. Apparently he has brother called Po and Tinky Winky.

  • 71'

    Brazil's passing tonight has been as erratic as Amy Winehouse's heartrate.

  • 70'

    No idea why Dunga isn't changing this. Currently he's being paid to be an ornament.

  • 70'

    South Africa look just as likely as Brazil to spare us extra time.

  • 69'

    Good play from Fabiano to make room for a shot, but his left footed effort from outside the area is wide of the far post.

  • 68'

    Melo switches the play well - Brazil need more of that - but Maicon misjudges the flight and bounce.

  • 66'

    Tshabalala crosses from the left, and Lucio is forced to head behind to stop it reaching Parker. The corner is crap.

  • 66'

    Modise's free kick is hopeless, but South Africa win the ball back.

  • 65'

    Luisao fouls Parker and South Africa have a free kick.

  • 64'

    Pienaar fouls Lucio, who accidentally falls all over him in retaliation.

  • 62'

    Luis Fabiano has Brazil's first shot of the second half, from the right hand side, but Khune saves easily enough, at his near post and down to his left.

  • 61'

    Lucio smarms his way forward and loses possession. South Africa break through Modise, who is brought down by Santos, and the defender is booked.

  • 61'

    I know I bigged him up, but Melo has been nonsense tonight.

  • 59'

    Hit to the near post, and Parker rockets a diving header miles wide.

  • 59'

    Corner to the Saffers.

  • 58'

    South Africa are starting to fancy this. Pienaar does well to wangle some space and after Modise's shot is deflected, Julio Cesar does well to turn it behind. The corner is wasted.

  • 57'

    Tshabalala does well, but his attempted through ball is cut out.

  • 56'

    Mokoena clears the ball against Mhlongo, but the referee somehow manages to award a goalkick when the ball goes behind.

  • 55'

    Maicon plays a ridiculously bad pass across the pitch aimed at Santos. That'd explain why Man City are interested in him, if reports are to be believed.

  • 54'

    Dunga needs to make a change here - perhaps Pato on for Ramires.

  • 53'

    Masilela, Pienaar and Tshabalala do well down the left, but eventually lose the ball. When the get it back, Pienaar finds Parker, who blazes it miles away.

  • 52'

    Good pass inside from Robinho, Ramires eventually sends it wide, and in trying to reach it, Kaka fouls the defender.

  • 50'

    Pienaar heads Kaka's shoulder and the "action" stops.

  • 50'

    Maicon's corner is no good, and headed away. This is one of several similarities between last night's game and tonight's.

  • 49'

    Kaka gets away Mhlongo, reaches the by-line, and sees his cross hammered behind for a corner.

  • 48'

    Parker concedes a free kick.

  • 47'

    Brazil look a bit too reliant on their full backs. They need to get their best players on the ball and try and play through South Africa.

  • 46'

    Melo heads the corner well wide.

  • 46'

    Santos does well down the left and wins a corner.

  • 46'

    Brazil kick off the second half.

  • 45'

    No real chances in the half apart from Mokoena's - South Africa are harrying very well in the middle, and outnumbering Brazil in wide areas. Brazil haven't been able to get Robinho on the ball, and might want to alter their tactics.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    Santos's shot is blocked exceptionally well by Pienaar, although he was most likely encroaching.

  • 45'

    Masilela booked for blackening Santos's ankle. Free kick, 30 yards out, almost dead centre.

  • 45'

    Pienaar is ranting away at Parker. Perhaps he's trying to divert attention away from the yellow-card deserving tackle he's just committed.

  • 43'

    Pienaar shoots well from 25 yards, and the merest of touches from Julio Cesar ensures it goes just by the post. Should have been a corner but the ref gives a goal kick.

  • 42'

    Brazil break with Kaka, racing away down the right, and he elects to go alone despite having support, but can't seriously test the keeper.

  • 41'

    The horns are currently the best thing about this game, which is a bit like saying that death is one of the best things about life.

  • 40'

    Nice play from South Africa almost finds some space between the Bazilian centre backs.

  • 39'

    Another useless set piece.

  • 39'

    Robinho wins a corner that Booth needn't have conceded.

  • 37'

    Good effort from Kaka. Pulling a crossfield ball down on the left touchline and ushered inside by the South African defence, he fades a curling right foot shot past the post.

  • 37'

    Lucio looks a bit like Biff from Back to the Future with his greased back hair.

  • 35'

    Ramires is justyl penalised for an obvious foul, but for some reason he is extremely disgruntled.

  • 35'

    Maicon is very sharp. Intercepting a stray pass and breaking forward, he's bought crashing down by Masilela.

  • 34'

    Good effort from Santon, chesting the ball down and hitting a volley he controls well but that doesn't test Khune.

  • 34'

    South Africa need to get more men forward when they attack iof they've any intention of scoring.

  • 33'

    First bit of incisive football from Brazil. Kaka does well on the right, finds Maicon who feeds Ramires, and his ball is good, but Luis Fabiano is adjudged offside when he's one-on-one.

  • 31'

    Brilliant from Kaka - he really does have some gas, that lad - breaking past two defenders, he finds Ramires, and although the ball is behind him, he should still have done better.

  • 30'

    South Africa break and Modise belts it low and wide for no good reason. Melo is booked for a late tackle on Gaxa in the build up.

  • 30'

    Corner hit long towards the nackpost, but Mhlongo can only head over.

  • 29'

    Tshabalala whacks it over the wall with left foot, but it's too central and Julio Cesar punches it over the top.

  • 28'

    Luisao fouls Parker and the Saffers have a free kick 30 or so yards out, on the right hand side of the D.

  • 28'

    Come on, somebody do something, please. I'll be a good boy, I promise.

  • 27'

    Modise comes in off the right and finds Masilela who moves it on to Pienaar, who misjudges his pass and Brazil win the ball back.

  • 25'

    Melo feeds Robinho, breaking, and he picks the wrong option, trying to slide a ball through to Luis Fabiano, when he should have found Kaka.

  • 24'

    Kaka manages to lift his foot over Gilberto's pass. It runs through to Fabiano anyway, but he runs straight into trouble.

  • 23'

    Modise putrs the ball into space, but can't quite chase it down.

  • 21'

    Good chance that. Ball swung in right to left, and Mokoena, presented with a free header five yards out, could only put his effort over the bar.

  • 21'

    He did, however, win a free kick 40 yards out.

  • 21'

    Parker caught in possession when he had good support up with him.

  • 20'

    Melo turns into space, but his pass is cut out.

  • 19'

    Santos into Fabiano, wide to Robinho and he falls over claiming a foul.

  • 19'

    Not much going on here really.

  • 18'

  • 18'

    Maicon feeds the ball into Robinho on the touchline and his attempted backheel wins Brazil a throw.

  • 17'

    Ball given in away in a dangerous area and is picked up by Ramires who seems to panic and passes the ball early when he could have advanced, giving it away.

  • 16'

    The corner from the right is rubbish and goes past the far post.

  • 16'

    Ramires picks up Fabiano's lovely pass and although the return is no good, Brazil win a corner.

  • 15'

    Gilberto is late on Pienaar, who may well have been given a free role, as he's turning up all over the pitch.

  • 13'

    Good effort from Gaxa, picking up the ball on the right and whacking a shot wide of the far post.

  • 12'

    Good run from Maicon down trhe right, passes inside to Fabiano and then on to Ramires, who shoots from 20 yards, but it's easy for Khune (I wonder if his nickname is Burger) down to his left.

  • 12'

    South Africa are keeping possession neatly without threatening to get anywhere.

  • 11'

    I wonder how much Kaka's dad is earning for this game.

  • 10'

    Brazil keeper Julio Cesar is wearing a polo neck. What a softlad.

  • 9'

    Santos loses the ball, passing straight to Tshabalala, but South Africa can't capitalise.

  • 8'

    Kaka dummies, looking for Fabiano, but he can't reach the ball.

  • 7'

    Melo robs Pienaar. Although he's not the most physically imposing, the Brazilian is a very big boy.

  • 4'

    Kaka makes a break and finds Ramires, whose touch is good, but the ball runs away from him anyway.

  • 4'

    The pitch looks a right old state.

  • 3'

    Kaka brings down Pienaar and pretends it was a mistake.

  • 2'

    Good play from Modise, winning a throw in.

  • 2'

    Interplay down the left from Ribinho and Santos, before the ball is lost.

  • 1'

    Pienaar looks like he'll be playing on the left.

  • 1'

    South Africa kick off.


    Forgot to mention, for Brazil, Luisao is in for the injured Juan.


    The horns are at it already, and nauseating they are.


    The South Africans will be looking to keep it tight in midfield and then break quickly to support Parker up front. With Brazil's midfield featuring three central players, they'd probably be best to get at them in wide areas.


    Ah good some close-ups of the players during the anthems. Sing up, boys!


    I wonder if Ramires will still be in the side in a year's time though. His workrate allows Robinho to relax, but it's still a bit of a surprise to see Brazil follow the trend of selecting wingers for their defensive qualities.


    Also for Brazil, Maicon seems to have ousted Alves as first choice right back. Good, Alves is a moaning, snide cheat with a terrible haircut.


    Seems unwise to make too many predictions as to how this one'll go after last night, so I won't. I'm looking forward to watching Melo, who looks like a composed, incisive passer, and it'd be nice if Pato got on.


    And tonight's teams are: South Africa: Khune; Gaxa, Masilela, Mokoena, Booth; Mhlongo, Dikgacoi, Pienaar, Modise, Tshabalala; Parker. Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Luisao, Andre Santos; Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva, Ramires, Kaka; Luis Fabiano, Robinho.


    Join us at 1930 BST to see who will face the U.S. in the final of the Confederations Cup. Brazil or hosts South Africa?