In what was Brazil’s worst game in the tournament, South Africa failed to capitalize on numerous chances often denied by goalkeeper Cesar and eventually lost to an unimpressive Brazil on an 88th minute goal. Alves who entered the game in the 82nd minute scored the winning goal from a free kick 21 meters away from the South African goal giving his team a chance to claim first place in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday against the United States.

There really isn’t much to say about the game other than Brazil didn’t play very well and that South Africa probably deserved better than a last minute loss. The South Americans will have to up their game come Sunday as they have to play a determined US team which, let us not forget, just a day ago defeated the undefeated Spaniards. If Brazil play their usual game they should have little difficulty against the North Americans but if they don’t take the game seriously we might witness a big upset with the US winning first place. Certainly, few if any believed at the beginning of the tournament that the US had any serious chance of finishing at the top. And yet, here we are.

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