South Africa 4-0 Thailand: Bafana Thrash Asian Minnows (18/05/2010)



The initial damage was done in the first half as goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala and Katlego Mphela (two) put the home side in complete control, before Bernard Parker added a late fourth.

They may well have had another, but Siyabonga Nomvete had a legitimate goal ruled out for offside after a terrible linesman decision.

Bafana Bafana took the lead in the 22nd minute with a trademark free-kick from Tshabalala, who fired his shot in from just right of centre, past the wall and into the bottom corner of the net.

Tshabalala turned provider just before the half-hour mark when his corner was bundled home at the back post by Mphela, though there was more than a hint of hand-ball about it.

Teko Modise laid on an inch-perfect pass for Mphela three minutes later and the Mamelodi Sundowns man found space behind the defence and beat Kawin Thamasatchanan in the visitors' goal.

Mphela raced clear three minutes into the second period but his last touch narrowed the angle too much and he ended up shooting across goal and wide.

The striker should have got his hat-trick after excellent work from Surprise Moriri set him up and although he got plenty of power behind his shot, it was straight at the substitute goalkeeper Sinthaveechai Hathairattanakool.

Khune made an excellent low save to his right from a free-kick soon afterwards, the one and only shot on goal in the match for the Thais.

Sub Nomvete shot straight at the keeper with his first touch, and then had a goal ruled out for offside, a shocking decision from the linesman with the player at least three yards onside.

But Bafana had the last laugh as substitute Parker was set free by Modise and he finished well to add the cherry on top.

SOURCE: http://www.goal.com/en/news/1863/world-cup-2010/2010/05/16/1927740/south-africa-4-0-thailand-bafana-thrash-asian-minnows
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