Soweto, South Africa: Neymar scored a hat-trick as Brazil ended a run of narrow victories over South Africa by cruising to a 5-0 triumph at Soccer City stadium in Soweto on Wednesday. A much-hyped friendly between the last and next World Cup hosts lacked bite as the 'Selecao' exploited woeful Bafana Bafana (The Boys) defending.
Oscar opened the scoring on 10 minutes, Barcelona star Neymar struck once in the first half and twice in the second, and Fernandinho got on the scoresheet as well. Brazil had won four previous games between the countries since 1996 -- all by one-goal margins -- but showed no mercy this time.
It was the final warm-up for the 2014 World Cup title favourites before the May announcement of their 23-man World Cup squad. South Africa, who stunned World Cup and Euro title-holders Spain 1-0 at the same stadium last November, were overawed and outclassed.