[Confed Cup] Brazil 1-0 South Africa
BRAZIL 1-0 SOUTH AFRICA
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
An 88th-minute free-kick from Daniel Alves sent an unconvincing Brazil into the FIFA Confederations Cup final and left hosts South Africa heartbroken. Alves came on late in the game and powered a strike into the far corner after Aaron Mokoena had conceded the set piece with a foul on Ramires. Mokoena had earlier sent a far post header from close range over. Steven Pienaar also came close for the hosts when his 25-yard shot was palmed wide by keeper Julio Cesar. Brazil had struggled to produce their fluent passing game and, until the winner from Alves, gave South Africa the scent of creating a similar upset to the other semi-final which saw the United States beat Spain. The South American giants now have the chance to defend the Confederatiosn Cup title against USA in Sunday's final.
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Luisao, Andre Santos (Dani Alves 82), Silva, Felipe Melo, Ramires, Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano (Kleberson 90).
South Africa: Khune, Gaxa, Booth, Mokoena, Masilela, Pienaar (Van Heerden 90), Dikgacoi, Mhlongo, Modise (Mashego 90), Tshabalala (Mphela 90), Parker.
[Confederations Cup Semi-Finals]