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Report: Spain's South Africa Defeat Could be Expunged
Reuters, November 20th, 2013 2:46PM

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Spain on Tuesday suffered a shock loss at the scene of its greatest triumph, as the 2010 World Cup champion lost to that tournament’s host, South Africa, 1-0, in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Bernard Parker scored the only goal of the game, chipping the ball over Victor Valdes in the 56th minute following a swift counterattack. "A goal against the World Cup winners is a career highlight for me," the Kaizer Chiefs striker said.

However, according to Reuters, the result could be expunged because the match officials allowed Spain to make a seventh substitution -- one more than is permitted in international friendlies by FIFA. As Pepe Reina replaced the injured Valdes in the 78th minute, South Africa coach Gordon Igesund could be seen protesting, but his complaints were waived away. "It was a fantastic result and you can't take the win away from us," Igesund said.

Asked by Spanish TV if it was the worst performance of his tenure as Spain coach, Vicente Del Bosque replied: "It could be. I think we can even say the defeat was well deserved. We started well but little by little they started to open us up and we allowed them time to counter attack.” He added: “We came out with good intentions and fought to the end to find an equalizer so I can't complain about the players' attitude. They [South Africa] got better as the game went on."

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