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South Africa 0-5 Brazil

Neymar scores

A Neymar hat-trick helped Brazil to a seventh successive win as they thrashed South Africa in Johannesburg.

The Barcelona striker, 22, fired in an angled drive after Oscar had chipped the 2002 World Cup winners ahead.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's side changed from a yellow to blue strip at half-time and Neymar scored from a tight angle 26 seconds after the break.

Willian and Dani Alves went close, Fernandinho scored from long-range and Neymar combined with Jo for his third.

Brazil celebrate
Brazil switched from traditional yellow and blue colours to all blue at half time

Neymar, Barcelona's record-signing, hit an international hat-trick in an 8-0 win over China in 2012.

His second treble came 99 days before the start of the World Cup in Brazil and the five-time winners kept up their impressive form ahead of the tournament in devastating fashion at Soccer City.

Manager Scolari suffered a testing run of form after succeeding Mano Menezes as manager in November 2012, but has now guided Brazil to 13 victories in 14 matches - a run which saw them win the Confederations Cup.

They go into this summer's World Cup as favourites and face Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A.

South Africa - World Cup hosts in 2010 - contributed to their visitors' early dominance with some lacklustre defending and Chelsea's Oscar latched onto Hulk's pass to lift the ball over goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

Neymar was denied by a tipped save, but doubled the advantage on 41 minutes with a driven shot from the left side of the area.

The former Santos front man coolly lifted the ball over Williams when one-on-one for his second and Willian came within inches of adding Brazil's fourth just seconds later as his shot flew wide.

Fernandinho, playing in his sixth game for the national side, notched a first international goal when he pounced on a poor clearance to smash home from outside the box.

And Brazil - who get the 2014 World Cup under way against Croatia in Sao Paulo - completed the scoring when Neymar linked with former Manchester City striker Jo to condemn South Africa to their biggest ever home defeat.

Line-ups

South Africa

  • 16Williams
  • 5Ngcongca
  • 11Matlaba
  • 25JaliSubstituted forZunguat 55'minutes
  • 14KhumaloSubstituted forXuluat 20'minutes
  • 4Nthethe
  • 19ClaasenSubstituted forNdlovuat 52'minutes
  • 15Furman
  • 23RantieSubstituted forManyisaat 45'minutes
  • 10Serero
  • 17ParkerSubstituted forPatosiat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Meyiwa
  • 2Xulu
  • 3Mokeke
  • 6Kekana
  • 7Mbatha
  • 8Tshabalala
  • 9Ndlovu
  • 12Zungu
  • 18Patosi
  • 20Manyisa
  • 21Mkhwanazi

Brazil

  • 12Soares De Espindola
  • 5Ferreira de Souza
  • 6MarceloSubstituted forAlves da Silvaat 58'minutes
  • 18PaulinhoSubstituted forDiasat 45'minutes
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 4David LuizSubstituted forCosta Santosat 64'minutes
  • 7Vieira de SouzaSubstituted forWillianat 45'minutes
  • 8Fernandinho
  • 9Chaves GuedesSubstituted forde Assis Silvaat 62'minutes
  • 11OscarSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 10Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1de Oliveira Galvao
  • 2Alves da Silva
  • 13Costa Santos
  • 14Willian
  • 16Santos do Nascimento
  • 17Dias
  • 20Bernard
  • 21de Assis Silva
Referee:
Antonio Caxala

Match Stats

Home TeamSouth AfricaAway TeamBrazil
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, South Africa 0, Brazil 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, South Africa 0, Brazil 5.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Brazil).

  4. Post update

    Thabo Nthethe (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! South Africa 0, Brazil 5. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jô with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Anele Ngcongca.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thiago Silva.

  8. Post update

    Dangerous play by Dani Alves (Brazil).

  9. Post update

    Matthew Oupa Manyisa (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Rafinha (Brazil).

  11. Post update

    Ayanda Patosi (South Africa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Willian.

  13. Post update

    Ramires (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ayanda Patosi (South Africa).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! South Africa 0, Brazil 4. Fernandinho (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ayanda Patosi (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Thabo Matlaba.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neymar (Brazil) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dani Alves.

  18. Post update

    Offside, South Africa. Thulani Serero tries a through ball, but Dino Ndlovu is caught offside.

  19. Booking

    Ramires (Brazil) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ramires (Brazil).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 5th March 2014

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