Last updateLun, 26 Jan 2015 8pm

Brazil hammers South Africa 5-0 in football friendly

Johannesburg, South Africa - The 2014 World Cup host, Brazil, walloped 2010 host South Africa 5-0 in their international football friendly in Johannesburg Wednesday night.

A hat-trick by Neymar set the tone for the five-time world champion, while Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho and Oscar completed the tally.

Brazil, ranked number nine in the world, brought a full-strength side to Johannesburg and the match was its final fixture before its 23-man World Cup squad will be announced.

South Africa’s head coach Gordon Igesund had to do without the services of captain and revered goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune due to injury.

Halfway through the first half, the hosts received a further setback when their former captain Bongani Khumalo was stretchered off. 

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who walked onto the field for the post-match ceremony, was widely jeered by an apparently-disappointed home crowd.

The President was joined by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, South Africa Football Association President Danny Jordaan and several Brazilian dignitaries, who received commemorative plaques marking the event.

Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said South Africa's style of play could provide a clearer indication of what Brazil can expect from its African opposition in the World Cup.

Brazil is in group A of the World Cup with Cameroon, Croatia and Mexico.

Pana 07/08/2014