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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

  • 12Julio César
  • 5Rafinha
  • 6MarceloSubstituted forDani Alvesat 58'minutes
  • 18PaulinhoSubstituted forLuiz Gustavoat 45'minutes
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 4David LuizSubstituted forDanteat 64'minutes
  • 7HulkSubstituted forWillianat 45'minutes
  • 8Fernandinho
  • 9FredSubstituted forat 62'minutes
  • 11OscarSubstituted forRamiresat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 10Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1Jefferson
  • 2Dani Alves
  • 13Dante
  • 14Willian
  • 16Ramires
  • 17Luiz Gustavo
  • 20Bernard
  • 21
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

Match ends, South Africa 0, Brazil 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, South Africa 0, Brazil 5.

Foul by Neymar (Brazil).

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

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.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Anele Ngcongca.

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

Dangerous play by Dani Alves (Brazil).

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

Foul by Rafinha (Brazil).

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

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

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

Foul by Ayanda Patosi (South Africa).

Goal!

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

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

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Ramires (Brazil).

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

Attempt saved. Dani Alves (Brazil) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neymar with a through ball.

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

Foul by Bongani Zungu (South Africa).

Foul by Dino Ndlovu (South Africa).

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

Thulani Serero (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernandinho (Brazil).

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luiz Gustavo.

Thulani Serero (South Africa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luiz Gustavo (Brazil).

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Dante replaces David Luiz because of an injury.

Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

Attempt saved. Ayanda Patosi (South Africa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thulani Serero.

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Ayanda Patosi replaces Bernard Parker.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Jô replaces Fred.

Attempt blocked. Dino Ndlovu (South Africa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Oupa Manyisa.

Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bongani Zungu (South Africa).

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Dani Alves replaces Marcelo.

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