MUSCOT: Brazil won their second friendly in the Gulf with a 2-0 win over Oman at Muscat Stadium here on Tuesday.
Having beaten England 1-0 in Qatar on Saturday, Nilmar opened the scoring in the fourth minute, following up on a Luis Fabiano strike parried away by Omani goalkeeper Ali al-Habsi. Nilmar had a second goal denied just six minutes later, showing the form that has seen him score six of his country’s last seven goals: three against Chile, and one each against Bolivia, England and now Oman.
Brazil’s second, however, came from an own goal, defender Hasan al-Ghailani heading a Michel Bastos cross into his own net in the 61st minute. The win saw Brazil well back to winning ways after a 2-1 reverse against Bolivia and a 0-0 draw with Venezuela in qualifiers for next year’s World Cup had broken a stretch of 11 victories.
Jamaica hold South Africa
BLOEMFONTEIN: Goal-shy 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa flopped again when held 0-0 by Jamaica in a lacklustre friendly on Tuesday.
Bafana Bafana (The Boys) have not scored for 385 minutes and the first African nation chosen to stage the international football showpiece ended a 17-match schedule this year with just nine goals and four victories. The closest a match, watched by President Jacob Zuma, came to producing a goal was midway through the first half when New York-based Jamaican midfielder Dane Richards had a shot cleared off the line. Richards burst through the middle, evading three tackles, and slipped the ball past goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez only for captain Aaron Mokoena to rescue his team.
Goalkeeper Dwayne Miller foiled the best South African chance on 10 minutes, using his right foot to block a close-range shot from Katlego Mphela after Benni McCarthy created a rare opening. Recalled for the goalless draw with Japan in Port Elizabeth last Saturday, out-of-favour Blackburn striker McCarthy had another frustrating outing as he sought to add to a record 31 goals for the national team.