Last night Loftus Versfeld took a bow in spectacular fashion after the much anticipated encounter saw Brazil knock the current World Cup holders, Italy, out of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

In a real taste of what next year's FIFA World Cup has in store, the stadium filled up with over 40 000 fans, who splashed the stadium with blue and yellow, blew their vuvuzela's and beat their drums in unison.

Brazil is a firm favourite among South African fans, but there was no shortage of Italian support either, especially since the city unofficially "adopted" the Azzuri, who based themselves for the entire tournament in the capital.

Tshwane 2010 Chief Executive Godfrey Nkwane said he was very happy with the overall performance of the city's FIFA Confederations Cup team. "We've been planning for two years and I am proud to say that overall our plans came together successfully."

"I am also very happy that the tournament reached the people of the city, even those that did not attend games. We had public training sessions, youth games and visits to training camps and an exhibition match where Italy played some of our local players."

"As for 2010, I have no doubt that my team will stick together and extend the success of the 2009 Confederations Cup to meet the requirements for 2010," Nkwane concluded.

2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee venue manager for Loftus Versfeld, Mandla Mazibuko is a happy man. "I think that overall we have been successful in hosting the Confederations Cup.

"I am particularly proud of our work last night. We hosted a huge crowd and on top of that there were a large number of dignitaries including heads of state, ambassadors and local football and FIFA officials and yet we did not have a single negative incident."

Mazibuko also praised the Tshwane volunteers, stewards, hostesses and security officials for their professional conduct in looking after teams, officials and spectators.

"We are also very proud of our pitch. A lot of hard work went into preparing the pitch but I truly believe that in those three games, the players enjoyed the best pitch we could offer," adds Mazibuko.

Thirty-year-old Brazilian national, Alex Barros said that Tshwane had really given fans a great place to enjoy football, although the style of celebration differed to his home town of Sao Paolo. "When there are soccer games at home you hear samba music and drums, and here you have the vuvuzela. But I think it's a different expression of the same love."

Just before he was carried away by the swarm of people exiting the stadium, Barros added, "It's really been very nice, better than I expected. If the 2010 FIFA World Cup is anything like this, then I am going to tell my whole family to come next year."