South Africa: Khune; Gaxa, Booth, Mokoena,
Masilela; Pienaar, Mhlongo, Dikgacoi, Sibaya (Mashego 82'), Modise; Parker
(Tshabalala 91'). 4-5-1.
Spain: Reina; Puyol, Piqué, Raúl Albiol, Arbeloa; Fábregas, Xavi, Busquets, Riera (Cazorla 80'); Torres (Llorente 60'), Villa (Pablo Hernández 60'). 4-4-2.
0-1. 53. David Villa. Controlled Riera cross and volleyed shot across Khune.
0-2. 73. Llorente. Turned ball past keeper after Cesc played on Xavi cross.
Spain made it three wins out of three after beating South Africa in their last group match. Riera and Torres both brought good saves out of Khune in the first half, but the hosts held their own in front of an enthusiastic crowd, with Parker putting a good chance over the top close to the break.
Five minutes in to the second half Spain were awarded a penalty when Mokoena tripped Fábregas, but Khune guessed correctly and blocked David Villa's spot kick. With the crowd still celebrating the save though, Villa chested on Riera's cross and struck a first time volley wide of the keeper to open the scoring.
Reina made his first real save a few minutes later at the feet of Parker, but soon afterwards Del Bosque's side went further ahead, substitute Llorente turning the ball in to the net after Fábregas had half-struck a cross from Xavi. It was enough to give his side an international record fifteenth win in a row, and to take them though to a semi-final meeting with Brazil, Italy or Egypt on Wednesday.
The crowd were not too upset though, with Iraq only drawing against New Zealand their team is also through to the last four, and they will be hoping for a re-match against today's opponents in a week's time.