Johannesburg - Bernard Parker's clinical second half finish handed Bafana Bafana a
shock 1-0 victory over World and European Champions Spain, in an
international friendly at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.
coolly finished off a flowing move by the home side, as Spain were
brushed aside and had no reply in front of a boisterous home crowd,
which was tremendous throughout and willed Bafana to a historic victory
The home side started with a high defensive line, which caught Spain in several offside calls.
In attack, Bafana were made to work to get hold of the ball, but South Africa would soon threaten the Spanish defence.
Manyisa's deflected effort struck the crossbar, then Real Madrid
goalkeeper Iker Casillas made a straightforward stop from Bernard
Parker's long-range attempt.
Fernando Llorente should have done
better when he rose above Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo and put his
header wide of target. Daylon Claasen went on to put his effort high and
wide of the mark.
Having kept their opponents goalless for 45
minutes, South Africa headed into the second half brimming with
confidence and soon had a chance fall to striker Tokelo Rantie.
half replacement Siphiwe Tshabalala did well in the middle to slide a
dangerous ball to Rantie, who snuck behind the Spanish back row, but the
burly forward was unable to test Casillas, and the ball sailed high and
wide of goal.
Bafana grew in confidence and before the hour
mark, a superb link-up on the edge of Spain's area led to Parker's
equally brilliant chip over half-time substitute goalkeeper Victor
Valdes, as the hosts sparked pandemonium at the stadium.
darting run along the left flank allowed South Africa to hit Spain at
the heart of their defence, as Parker danced his way through and toed
his effort over Casillas, who watched as Nacho Monreal tried in vain to
keep out the ball, which snuck over the line and into the back of the
Alvaro Negredo was one of the few who tested Itumeleng Khune
in the second half, but nevertheless, the South African shot-stopper
was equal to the task when called upon in the 70th minute, making a
simple save to keep Bafana's lead intact.
A controversial substitution deep into the second period infuriated Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.
had made a seventh change -- FIFA rules clearly state a maximum of six
replacements are allowed in a match -- replacing goalkeeper Valdes with
The change sparked furious contests by Igesund, who
was alert to the additional substitution being made, leaving both
coaches and technical staff embroiled in a fracas on the touchline.
troops took it in their stride and had an excellent chance to double
their lead go to waste, after Rantie -- who was through on goal and had
only Reina to beat -- drove his shot straight into the former Liverpool
Khune was unbeatable and pulled off a number of nervy
saves as the clock wound down, to hand South Africa their first victory
over Spain in four attempts, having lost on all three previous
Itumeleng Khune, Thabo Matlaba, Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Nthethe, Bongani
Khumalo, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Bernard Parker, Daylon
Claasen, Tokelo Rantie
Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Monreal,
Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Pedro, Fernando Llorente,