Brazil vs South Africa

In FIFA Confederation Cup, Football on June 22, 2009 at 22:20

By Joe,


The second semifinals in the Fifa Confederation Cup will see mighty Brazil take on the host nation, South Africa, at Johannesburg. Winners of Group B, Brazil, have been one of the best teams in the tournament. They are also one of the public’s favorite teams to watch and support in South Africa. However, this time around they will not get the same support from the home crowd as they face the home nation.

Brazil’s route to the semifinals have been impressive strings of results. They beat Egypt 4-3, crushed USA 3-0 and eliminated World cup winners Italy with 3-0 in their last game. They average 3 goals per game and conceded 3 goals in the group stages. Coach Dunga surprised a few people after naming a strong starting lineup against Italy as it was predicted that he would give a rest to a few players in his squad. Since that didn’t happen, it is obvious he will be recalling the same lineup to face South Africa. However, Juan will be placed by Luisao in the defense.  With players like Kaka, Luis Fabiano and Robinho at the front lines, could you resist another 3 goals performance from Brazil?

The Bafana Bafana boys did not get to the semifinals on their own merits. They had to rely on other teams to lose in order to progress to the semifinals. South Africa played 3 games, drew with Iraq, beat New Zealand 2-0 and lost to Group A winners Spain with 2-0. Despite their results, this is their best moments in the international scene and what is more important that it is in front of their own fans. Thembinkosi Fanteni and Steven Pienaar are one yellow card away from suspension. MacBeth Sibaya is suspended for the game against Brazil. Coach Joel Santana will need to replace them and hope they will produce a sensational result over where his birth country.

Brazil are clear favorites here. Dunga wants his team to stay focus and somewhat keep the standards up with 3 goals per game. They are a team that can turn the game around if you give them space and time. Against Italy, they score 3 goals in 8 minutes and this could happen on Thursday evening if South Africa does not keep their guard up. No matter what the result would be for South Africa, they should be proud of their achievements staging the Confederation Cup and reaching the semifinals. Look at mybet is offering 1.30 for Brazil to win.

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