As was expected, the stadium is a cauldron of noise, populated by those South African and Brazilian fans that have made their way to Ellis Park for what will most certainly be a case of Davis against Goliath.
The match has been billed as a ‘nothing to lose’ encounter, but those inside the Johannesburg venue may indeed part with their hearing due to an incredible level of noise.
The teams both entered the pitch for the warm up to rapturous applause from the assembled crowd, appreciating the talent of the Brazilians and the heart of the home side. The vuvuzela’s were once again in full force, and one can see that some of the foreign journalists are beginning to get used to the South African fan instrument.
The air was cold, but there was a feeling that the South Africans had a flicker of hope following the match in Bloemfontein last night, and the home crowd warmed themselves up by jumping around and dancing in their seats.
As always, the South African national anthem was a special moment, with the whole stadium singing along with pride, before the stadium erupted at the kickoff whistle, excited to see what would happen in the next 90 minutes as the host nation takes on the most successful World Cup team of all time.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com
For more on the Confederations Cup visit Goal.com's Confederations Cup page.