Confederations Cup: Brazil vs. South Africa (Matchday Commentary)

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs. South Africa (Matchday Commentary)

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Confederations Cup: Brazil vs. South Africa (Matchday Commentary)

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With one semifinal match already in the books, South Africa and Brazil will battle it out at Ellis Park in the second semifinal match (2:25pm, ESPN) of the Confederations Cup. The prize for the winner? A date with with the United States in the final on Sunday.

The hosts will look to repeat the United States' shocking result over a heavyweight with their own surpising result over the Selecao, while Brazil will look to build on their 3-0 triumph over Italy.

This is GianFranco Panizo and I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here, and as always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions on the match in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match:

FULLTIME – That's all for me today. Thanks to all of you who followed along. Be sure to check out SBI for coverage of the U.S. national team and Sunday's Confederations Cup final with Brazil.

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FULLTIME – South Africa will play Spain in the third place match on Sunday and can still get a respectable finish if they can manage to give Spain it's second consecutive defeat.

As for Brazil, they will take on the United States on Sunday in the Confederations Cup final. Yes, the U.S. was destroyed 3-0 in the group stage by the Selecao, but the U.S. team that has played since then is much different.

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FULLTIME – South Africa played its best game of the entire tournament but couldn't find the back of the net.

Brazil looked surprisingly bad. The team didn't create many attacking opportunities and it took a late free kick from close range to beat the hosts.

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91st minute – Brazil just eating the clock. And there is the final whistle.

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90th minute – The South African fans' expressions are of utter disbelief. What a heart-breaking free kick.

A pair of subs for South Africa and Kleberson in for Luis Fabiano.

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89th minute – South Africa is just about to make its first sub. Too little too late.

Nice passing by Brazil and Luis Fabiano shoots a sitter right at Khune. One minute of stoppage time to be added.

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86th minute – GOAL BRAZIL! Dani Alves strikes the free kick to the far post and catches Khune by surprise. Well hit ball and Dunga's questionable substitution now looks like a genius move.

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85th minute – Free kick given to Brazil at the edge of the penalty area. This is dangerous.

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83rd minute – Foul called on Lucio, who pleads to the ref to explain what he just called. Lucio has a point on this one as it didn't look like a foul.

Free kick goes straight into the hands of Julio Cesar. Nothing doing on that one.

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81st minute – First sub of the day. Dani Alves for Andre Santos. Alves will provide more of a threat going forward but we'll see how he does playing on the left side.

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80th minute – Stalemate with ten minutes to play. If this game goes into extra time then it would bode well for the Americans as they'd play a tired team on one more day's rest.

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77th minute – No substitutes made by either team as of yet. You have to think there are some tired legs out there. Will that come back to haunt one of these two teams?

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75th minute – Kaka attempts to create something on his own but he gets tackled and loses the ball. Not a good day for Brazil's big three; Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano.

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73rd minute – Some nifty footwork on the left flank allows for Tshabalala to get a cross off but it is just too high for any attacker to find.

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71st minute – Nothing comes of the free kick. South Africa has played well today but Brazil has looked poor. Very poor.

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71st minute -  Mhlongo gets called for a foul and a dangerous free kick for Brazil from the left flank will ensue.

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68th minute – Not much from Brazil right now. Maybe it's time for Alexandre Pato to come in?

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65th minute – A Bafana Bafana cross gets headed away by Luisao.

The corner kick sails over everybody.

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63rd minute – Lucio outmuscles the outsized Pienaar for a ball and Pienaar commits a foul on the burly defender.

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61st minute – Fabiano hits a shot from the right side but another sturdy save from Khune.

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60th minute – Andre Santos kills a South African counter with a foul. He gets a yellow for his worries.

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59th minute – You can expect the Brazilian media to criticize Dunga's performance today, no matter the outcome.

Wow, for the first time all tournament, the signing of the crowd drowns out the buzzing of the vuvuzelas. South African fans know their team is taking the game to Brazil.

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57th minute – A South African shot takes a deflection and almost surprises Julio Cesar who just gets a hand on it! Amazing! South Africa must have skipped a hearbeat there.

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55th minute – South Africa concedes a corner. Oh wait, referee calls it South Africa's way and Kaka is livid.

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51st minute – Maicon gets forward and hits a good cross but Kaka fouls his defender as he attempts to get up for the header.

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49th minute – Pienaar is down. On the replay it looks like Kaka made a slick attempt at an elbow.

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48th minute – Kaka with a nice run but his final pass is cleared out of danger.

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46th minute – And we're off. Who will play the U.S. on Sunday and who will meet with Spain for the third-place match?

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HALFTIME – Highlights from yesterday's USA-Spain game are being shown. Pinch yourselves folks because you're not dreaming, the U.S. did beat #1 ranked Spain yesterday.

There goes Alexi on the vuvuzela again. Maybe he'll bring it to all the U.S. games from here until South Africa 2010.

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HALFTIME – Steven Pienaar has impressed in this first half. When he's been on, South Africa has looked dangerous. Brazil needs from its star players. Robinho hasn't done much and Kaka has looked good but not world-record transfer fee good.

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HALFTIME – And Alexi Lalas is showing us his vuvuzela skills on ESPN's halftime coverage. Come on admit it, you want your own personal U.S. colored vuvuzela.

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HALFTIME – What does everyone think of this half of soccer? Do you think the U.S. can win the final against either of these teams?

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HALFTIME – South Africa 0, Brazil 0. The two teams have gone back and forth but the best opportunity of the half was the open-look header from Mokoena that sailed just high.

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45th minute – Andre Santos tries to get the set piece on frame but the wall blocks any chance of that happening.

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44th minute – Masilela with a dangerous foul on Andre Santos and he is given a yellow card. That looked worse than Michael Bradley's tackle yesterday and yet he was given a red.

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42nd minute – Pienaar nails a shot just outside the area but it goes JUST wide. The shot had Julio Cesar beat.

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41st minute – Kaka blazes forward before hitting a low shot that is easily handled by Khune.

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40th minute – Is it just me or is South Africa pulling a Brazil-like performance with all their flicks and tricks? Joga Bafana Bafana!

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39th minute – Pienaar hasn't gotten involved much in the last few minutes and South Africa's attack has struggled to get things going since.

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36th minute – Kaka with a beautiful move past a defender before hitting a curler that just goes wide

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36th minute – The left side of Brazil looks like an achilles heel. South Africa needs to exploit it more and maybe they'll find a goal as Egypt did in the Group B opener.

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33rd minute – A well-hit shot from Andre Santos from around 20 yards is saved by Khune.

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31st minute – Robinho gets a shot on goal from close range but is flagged offside.

With every passing minute, Brazil looks more and more frustrated.

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30th minute – Felipe Melo is given a yellow card for a late tackle. Good job by the referre to give the advantage there.

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29th minute – The corner results in a header that is well wide.

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28th minute – The free kick gets hit well but Julio Cesar smacks the driven shot out for a corner.

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28th minute – Luisao commits a foul and gifts South Africa a dangerous free kick. Can Julio Cesar get beaten from around 25 yards?

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27th minute – Pienarr is now attacking more centrally as opposed to on the left flank where he was in the beginning of the match.

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26th minute – Like the U.S. yesterday, South Africa does not looked phased by their talented foes. South Africa is looking really aggressive right now.

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24th minute – Brazil on the counter attack. Robinho step-overs passed one defender before having the ensuing passed cleared away by Boooooooth.

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22nd minute – Brazil's backline is starting to look shaky all of a sudden.

South Africa with much of the possession in the last few minutes.

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20th minute – Free kick for South Africa. The cross goes to the back post and Mokoena looses Lucio's mark before heading the ball too high. South Africa HAS to finish those open looks.

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18th minute – Robinho brings out his bag of tricks only to get stripped of the ball.

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16th minute – You know Bob Bradley and the rest of the U.S. team are watching this game not only to see who their opponent on Sunday will be but also to learn a bit more about their foe's style of play.

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16th minute – A mis-guided pass from South Africa almost led to a dangerous Brazil opportunity but Ramires hit a bad pass of his own that Booth booted cleared.

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14th minute – Pienaar with some nice moves in the midfield but once again he gets tripped up by Brazil.

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13th minute – Gaxa gets by Andre Santos and unleashes a shot that sails wide. Good look for South Africa there.

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12th minute – Ramires gets a shot off from about 20 yards out but goalkeeper Khune makes a sure grab.

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10th minute – Pienaar has been active and will probably be the key man if South Africa are to get a goal today.

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7th minute – South African defender Matthew Booth breaks up a Brazilian attack and gets an Oguchi Onyewu-like chant. "Booooooooooooooth"

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5th minute – Brazil patiently knocks the ball around, looking for a crack in the South African defense. Who brought their vuvuzelas with them today?

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3rd minute – Kaka trips Pienaar and gets called for the foul.

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1st minute – And we're off.

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PRE-GAME: Brazil is coming out with their 4-5-1 hybrid formation while South Africa is deploying a 4-4-1-1. 

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PRE-GAME: Bafana Bafan's starting XI consists of Itumeleng Khune, Aaron Mokoena, Siboniso Gaxa, Matthew Booth, Tsepo Masilela, Steven Pienaar, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Teko Modis, Benson Mhlongo and Bernard Parker

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PRE-GAME: Brazil's starting XI is made up of Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Luisao, Andre Santos, Gilberto Silva, Kaka, Ramires, Felipe Melo, Robinho and Luis Fabiano.

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