European champion Spain and host South Africa served up a thriller in the third-place game, which the Spaniards won, 3-2, after a flurry of late
goals. Xabi Alonso
scored the decider with a free kick in overtime, which was required because South Africa substitute Katlego Mphela
equalized the game
at 2-2 three minutes into stoppage time of regulation play.
Mphela had put Bafana Bafana ahead in the 73rd minute, but Dani Guiza
scored in the 88th and 89th minutes to
"It's a nice way to forget about the loss to the U.S.," said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, whose team's 35-game unbeaten streak was ended by the Americans with a 2-0 win in
the semis. "The match was difficult for us. Our opponent created a lot of difficulties for us." June 28 in Rustenburg
South Africa 2, Spain 3.
Mphela 73, 93+; Guiza 88, 89, Xabi Alonso 107. South Africa -
Khune, Gaxa, Mokoena, Booth, Masilela, Pienaar (Mphela 64), Sibaya, Dikgacoi, Modise (van
Heerden 69), Tshabalala (Mhlongo 84, Parker. Spain -
Casillas, Arbeloa, Albiol, Pique, Capdevila, Cazorla, 1 Busquets (Llorente, 81), Xabi Alonso, Riera, Villa (Silva 57),
Torres (Guiza 58).