South Africa battled for a lion's share of the game, but came unstuck from a dead-ball situation, executed by substitute Daniel Alves.BRAZIL
Julio Cesar: 7.0 - Kept his concentration well to get his mitts to dangerous balls, and generally saved well when called upon.
Maicon: 7.0 - Never needed an excuse to flirt with the final third. Corner-delivery was initially too heavy.
Lucio: 8.0 - A strong presence in Brazil's back-line who sniffed-out danger well. Physically impressive. Good touches. Let his marker go, though, for South Africa's first real chance.
Luisao: 5.5 - Gave away a free-kick in a dangerous area after clipping Parker with a left-boot. Did not look comfortable at the back.
Andre Santos: 6.0 - Lost possession in a dangerous area, and was guilty of sloppy passing at times too. Unleashed a long left-shot shot in the first half. Was substituted for Daniel Alves.
Felipe Melo: 7.5 - Found space in the middle of the park. Played a fine trivela pass into Kaka's path. Changed play by sending in a perfectly-judged cross-field pass into Maicon's path but the roaming right-back failed to take a touch that was befitting of it.
Gilberto Silva: 6.5 - Crisp, short, passing. A typical display from the invisible wall.
Ramires: 7.0 - Good early effort. Tried to get on the score-sheet a handful of times.
Kaka: 7.5 - Great control, fine bursts from midfield. Had a great chance to break the deadlock but his shot sailed wide from 18-yards. Confidently countered but was unable to beat Khune. Showed good strength on a run down the line early in the second-half, but his cut-back failed to find a team-mate.
Robinho: 7.0 - One series of step-overs was followed by a stumble, but a back-heel found a team-mate while another trick drew space. Attempted an over-head kick but failed to find the target.
Fabiano: 6.0 - Play developed around him, but he was rarely involved. Had a tame shot easily collected by Khune just after the 60-minute mark.
Alves: 7.0 - Won the game for Brazil with a superb free-kick.
Khune: 6.5 - Got his gloves to an early shot from Ramires. Denied Andre Santos, and got down well to keep his hands on a Kaka shot. Conceded the game's only goal from a set-piece.
Masilela: 6.5 - Late and high challenge was left un-cautioned. Got forward well and showed good chase.
Booth: 7.5 - Communicated well with his cent center-back partner and even when trouble in the box flared, coped well. Managed to cut-out incisive through-balls. Never hesitant to get stuck in, and was oft composed, calm, and collected.
Mokoena: 7.5 - Strong clearances, and fine tackling. Got a good head onto a first-half set-piece but his header was off-target. Gave away the foul that led to the goal.
Gaxa: 7.0 - Capitalized well on Santos' mistake in the early stages, but his shot was slightly wayward.
Modise: 6.0 - Mixed-passing in midfield. Had options to pass but didn't need an invitation to press, and shoot.
Mhlongo: 7.0 - Unfussy, often unseen, but kept to his task of stifling Brazil's forward plays and seemed to keep a lid on most things.
Pienaar: 8.5 - Carried the ball well, but sometimes kept it too long. Showed good determination by trying to win interceptions and press for possession. Had good balance. A right-foot strike from outside the box tested Cesar but the Brazilian glovesman got his fingertips to Pienaar's effort. Threw himself into an opposing free-kick to deny the chance.
Dikgacoi: 7.0 - When in possession he kept a close space to the rest of his midfield to try to initiate short swift passes. Like Mhlongo, sat deep in midfield and stuck to a chore that hardly ever draws praise.
Tshabalala: 6.5 - Powerfully drove a dead-ball at Julio Cesar's fists.
Parker: 5.5 - Initial touches on the ball were heavy, and seemed hurried in possession. Is still learning the ropes of leading the line in an international tournament game, but was also isolated.
Mphela: n/a, Mashego: n/a, van Heerden.
Alan Dawson, Goal.com
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