Spain set record in SA win
South Africa are through to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup, despite losing 2-0 to Spain.
Last Updated: 20/06/09 9:33pm
Spain clinched a world record 15th consecutive victory after a 2-0 win over hosts South Africa, who still secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.
Valencia striker David Villa scored the first goal of the game just moments after he had missed a penalty and substitute Fernando Llorente added a second from close range.
South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was forced into an early save when Albert Riera's fiercely struck free-kick sailed towards the top corner of his goal.
The European champions enjoyed the greater share of possession in the opening minutes but struggled to penetrate a stern Bafana Bafana defence.
With 20 minutes gone, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres worked himself into a good position inside the area but his left-footed shot was scuffed and wide of the near post.
Torres then had another opportunity to give Spain the lead but his shot was well saved by Khune then cleared by Matthew Booth.
A quick break from Steven Pienaar put Spain on the back foot and his pull-back fell perfectly to Tsholofelo Modise but the striker's finish was very poor as the half ended goalless.
Five minutes after the restart, departing Blackburn defender Aaron Mokoena brought down Cesc Fabregas in the area but Khune made a brilliant save from Villa's resulting penalty.
But the home crowd's joy was to be short-lived as Villa made up for his miss by bringing down Riera's cross before finishing into the bottom corner moments later.
The host nation went in search of an equaliser straight away, Pienaar almost playing in Bernard Parker with Reina reaching the ball just in time.
But a lapse of concentration at the back cost them dear when an unmarked Llorente scored after a scrap in the box.
As Iraq could only manage a draw with New Zealand, South Africa advance to the next stage behind Group A winners Spain.