By Liviu Bird
March 05, 2014

Julio Cesar On-loan Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar came up big for Brazil against South Africa on Wednesday. (Cal Sport Media/AP)

The bizarreness of being a Major League Soccer player on the same team as Neymar and Oscar didn't get to Júlio César today. The Brazilian goalkeeper didn't have much to do, but he kept South Africa at bay whenever he was called into action.

His best intervention came when he denied substitute Ayanda Patosi in the second half from close range. The South African forward ran onto a slipped through ball in the penalty area and squared to shoot with his first touch.

Anticipating the shot, César fell to his right, but Thiago Silva got in the way and deflected the goal-bound ball. It was enough of a deflection to give César time to scramble back to his left and tip the ball over the crossbar from a nearly seated position.

The 5-0 Brazil win in Johannesburg was César's first competitive game since the FA Cup third round on Jan. 4, his last in a Queens Park Rangers uniform, when he was on the receiving end of an Everton barrage in a 4-0 loss.

Watch his save on Patosi to keep South Africa off the scoresheet below:

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