June 28, 2009
South Africa vs Spain, Confederations Cup, June 28 2009
Bafana Bafana fans will be proud tonight that their team came so close to beating the world’s top-ranking team, and were beaten a respectable 3-2 in the end. Photo courtesy Shine2010
In arguably the best game of the Confederations Cup, Spain beat South Africa 3-2 in extra time, to take third position in the tournament.
It was a nail-biting contest at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, with South Africa reaching the back of the net first, off substitute Katlego Mphela’s boot in the 73rd minute. Spain’s Daniel Guiza came off the bench to score twice, as the second half drew to a close. Then Mphela managed a second goal in the closing moments of the half, to even the score and force the match into extra time.
Then, in the 107th minute, Xabi Alonso brought Spain’s tally up to 3-2, which South Africa’s Bafana Bafana were unable to answer to.