Brazil's Lucas (front) fights for the ball with South Africa's Chabangu during a friendly soccer match in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hulk scored in the second half to give five-time World Cup champion Brazil a 1-0 exhibition win over South Africa on Friday, a result that prompted jeers from home fans and increased pressure on coach Mano Menezes.
Hulk got the goal with a left-foot shot from inside the penalty area in the 75th minute, but it was not enough to please the more than 50,000 fans who went to Morumbi Stadium on Independence Day, reports The Associated Press.
Brazil, the 2014 World Cup host, struggled to create significant scoring opportunities and was not able to play the attacking soccer fans had hoped to see, allowing South Africa to threaten and forcing goalkeeper Diego Alves to make difficult saves.
The lacklustre performance, which followed the Olympic team's loss to Mexico in last month's final, likely will increase calls for Menezes' resignation.