South Africa: Khune; Ngongca, Khumalo (Xulu
46'), Nthethe, Matlaba; Furman, Jali (Mokotjo 49'); Claasen (Tshabalala 46'),
Manyisa (Zungu 61'), Parker (Patosi 92'); Rantie. 4-2-3-1.
Spain: Casillas (Víctor Valdés 46', Reina 80'); Arbeloa, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Monreal; Xabi Alonso (Mata 61'), Busquets, Iniesta (Koke 74'); Pedro (Jesús Navas 61'), Llorente (Cazorla 46'), David Villa (Negredo 56'). 4-3-3.
Goals: 1-0. 56. Parker. Forced shot past Valdés after Mokotjo put him through.
Spain lost their latest friendly to South Africa, their first defeat since they were beaten by England in Wembley back in November 2011. Returning to the stage where they won the World Cup final three years ago, Del Bosque's side were given a rousing reception by the home fans. The biggest cheer though was for the man who got the winner in that final, Andrés Iniesta, and his was the first shot at Khune's goal in the opening minutes. However a few minutes later a long shot by Manyisa took a deflection off Ramos and bounced off the bar, and soon afterwards Casillas had to be on his toes to keep out another long effort by Parker.
Llorente headed a good chance wide and Khune did well to save from Pedro later in the first half, but Khumalo and Rantie both went close either side of half time, and ten minutes in to the second half Parker got what was to prove the only goal after Rantie and Mokotjo combined to set him up, Monreal's attempted clearance only coming after the ball had crossed the line.
By then Valdés was in goal, but with twenty minutes to go the Barcelona keeper was carried off with a knee injury, and with all six changes made Arbeloa started to put on the keeper's jersey. Del Bosque asked referee William Koto if he could bring on Reina though, and to everyone's surprise (and the fierce objections of local coach Ingelund) he allowed the Napoli keeper to come on. That made little difference however, and although Iniesta, Negredo, Cazorla and Albiol all tried their luck, the hosts were never going to give up on a chance to beat the reigning World champions.