Brazil were crowned winners of the inaugural Brics Under-17 Football Tournament after they defeated the South African Boy’s Under-17 5-1 in the final at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa, India, on Saturday.

In the first encounter between the two nations on October 11 at the Bambolim Stadium, Brazil had emerged 3-0 winners.With temperatures soaring in India, both teams were expected to struggle but the Brazilians managed far better than their African opponents.It could have been a different story had Sthembiso Kurata tapped the ball into the gaping net in the 20th minute with Brazil’s goalkeeper, Arthur Gazze de Souza, nowhere in sight – but Kurata hit the crossbar.

Sensing danger, the South Americans caught Amajimbos on a break and punished them with a goal from Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho in the 24th minute – with the ball going under South Africa’s goal-minder Glen Baadjies.Jose de Oliveira Junior then doubled Brazil’s lead 11 minutes later with a well-taken lob from distance that flew over Baadjies who was off his line.

Brazil’s third goal could have been avoided had South Africa taken the ball out of play when one of their own players – Luke Fleurs – was down and needed medical attention. Instead, Amajimbos pushed forward and were dispossessed. The counter-attack was quick and South Africa conceded a penalty when a defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

Brazil captain Moura de Oliveira made no mistake from the spot kick to give the South Americans a 3-0 lead five minutes from the break – and the match was effectively over as a contest.Disaster struck for Amajimbos just two minutes after the restart when defender Lethabo Mazibuko was red-carded for a dangerous lunge on a Brazilian player – Mazibuko had just replaced fellow defender Luke Fleurs at the start of the second stanza, and South Africa were left with 10 men.

Brazil kept pushing forward looking for more goals and nearly got the fourth in the 53rd after a goalmouth scramble but Sampaio Filho hit the crossbar.But the South Americans did convert in the 62nd minute after the South African defence was dismantled, and captain Moura de Oliveira grabbed his second of the day.

Ten minutes from full time, second half substitute Correa dos Santos beat Baadjies in the Amajimbos goal but was denied by the woodwork.S’miso Bophela managed to pull one back for South Africa in the 89th minute when his shot went through the hands of De Souza in the Brazilian goal.

But the celebrations had barely died down when Alan de Souza Guimaraes grabbed Brazil’s fifth in referee’s optional time with a cracker of a shot from just outside the box.

Earlier in the day Russia came from behind to defeat China 2-1 and claim the third spot, while the hosts ended fifth.

– African News Agency (ANA)