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Brazil 1-0 South Africa: Hulk scores but the Seleção fail to impress

Hulk celebrates his goal with captain David Luiz
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Brazil put in a less than convincing performance at the Morumbi Stadium this evening, needing a late goal from substitute Hulk to overcome South Africa 1-0.

It was the Seleção’s first game on home soil for more than a year and Mano Menezes’ side left fans frustrated with a lacklustre performance.

It was the 74th minute before the home side eventually took the lead through substitute Hulk, much to the relief of all those celebrating Brazilian Independence day.

The €50 million Zenit St. Petersburg signing volleyed home David Luiz's rebounded effort, finally beating South Africa goalkeeper Khune.

Khune put in a man of the match performance for the Bafana Bafana, making a number of great saves, including stopping a powerful header from Dedé and a one-on-one with Neymar shortly before half-time.

As the first 45 minutes drew to a close, boos and chants of "Adeus Mano" (Goodbye Mano) circulated the Morumbi, as the passionate Brazil fans expected a lot more from their side.

Things did not get much better after the restart either with Lerato Chabangu lashing an effort narrowly over the bar and moments later almost tapping the ball in after some terrific work from substitute Bernard Parker.

Menezes, who was under intense pressure to impress, made a number of substitutions to try and alter the momentum of the game, which was increasingly going the way of the visitors.

Goal scoring substitute, Hulk, won a free-kick shortly after being introduced into the game following a foul from Gaxa.

Neymar’s curling effort looked destined for the back of the net but another great save from the Kaiser Chiefs' goalkeeper denied the young Brazilian.

Following Hulk’s goal, the Santos forward almost made it 2-0 with his header going just wide.

The Seleção eventually saw out the game but were greeted with more boos as they left the field.

Their poor overall performance was not enough to impress the home fans and Menezes’ side will need to do much better when they take on China in another friendly on Monday.

 
 

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