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Football: Neymar scores hat-trick to lead Brazil romp

Published on Mar 6, 2014 4:23 AM

SOWETO (AFP) - 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, 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.

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