|South Africa||1 - 0||Slovenia|
|(HT: 1 - 0)|
Daegu World Cup Stadium
Angel Sanchez (ARG)
|1||8 Jun 2002||Siyabonga Nomvete||Goal||First Half||4||H|
|2||8 Jun 2002||Lucas Radebe||Yellow Card||First Half||12||H|
|3||8 Jun 2002||Muamer Vugdalic||Yellow Card||First Half||35||A|
|4||8 Jun 2002||Sebastjan Cimerotic||Player Out||First Half||41||A|
|5||8 Jun 2002||Milan Osterc||Substitute In||First Half||41||A|
|6||8 Jun 2002||Zeljko Milinovic||Yellow Card||Second Half||7||A|
|7||8 Jun 2002||Aleksander Knavs||Player Out||Second Half||15||A|
|8||8 Jun 2002||Nastja Ceh||Substitute In||Second Half||15||A|
|9||8 Jun 2002||Milenko Acimovic||Player Out||Second Half||15||A|
|10||8 Jun 2002||Spasoje Bulajic||Substitute In||Second Half||15||A|
|11||8 Jun 2002||Ales Ceh||Yellow Card||Second Half||17||A|
|12||8 Jun 2002||Siyabonga Nomvete||Player Out||Second Half||26||H|
|13||8 Jun 2002||Delron Buckley||Substitute In||Second Half||26||H|
|14||8 Jun 2002||Miran Pavlin||Yellow Card||Second Half||30||A|
|15||8 Jun 2002||Benedict McCarthy||Player Out||Second Half||35||H|
|16||8 Jun 2002||George Koumantarakis||Substitute In||Second Half||35||H|
|17||8 Jun 2002||Quinton Fortune||Player Out||Second Half||39||H|
|18||8 Jun 2002||Jabu Pule||Substitute In||Second Half||39||H|
|Slovenia became the third team to exit the World Cup finals after losing 1-0 to South Africa. The South Africans recorded their first ever victory at a finals thanks to an early goal from Siyabonga Nomvethe, who proved an inspired change from the team that drew 2-2 with Paraguay. Jomo Sono's team move on to four points and have given themselves a great chance of qualifying behind Spain in Group B as Paraguay and Slovenia are stuck on one point each.
Somo said his young charges had deserved their win.
"It was not a nice game, but at the end of the day we didn't come here to play a nice game we came here to win," he said.
"I'm proud of my team. We played well, we must have looked at the tapes a million times and we knew that if we could neutralise the number 11 (Miran Pavlin) then we had a chance.
"We made a lot of chances, we got an early goal and we could have scored more. We got our first win at the World Cup and maybe we can qualify, who knows?
Slovenia saw their hopes snuffed out after a disastrous week and join Saudi Arabia and Nigeria among the first-round casualties. Star playmaker Zlatko Zahovic was thrown out of the squad for criticising coach Srecko Katanec's tactics in the 3-1 defeat to Spain and the coach himself has said he is quitting after the tournament. Katanec's influence on his team was limited here after he was expelled from the dugout early in the second half, apparently for arguing with officials. South Africa took the lead after just four minutes when Nomvethe jumped to head a teasing Quinton Fortune cross but instead directed the ball in off his thigh. Nomvethe, a former South African player of the year, did not feature in the draw against Paraguay but he reaped almost instant rewards here, twisting away from his markers to give Slovenian goalkeeper Marko Simeunovic no chance. In the second half, the Bafana Bafana (The Boys) could have extended their lead on several occasions as Benni McCarthy headed against a post and later blasted the ball straight at the goalkeeper when perfectly placed on the edge of the six-yard box. The Slovenian keeper managed to deflect a Delron Buckley shot on the break to give his side some hope, but his team-mates failed to respond to the challenge. Slovenia had almost equalised with their very first effort on target, Nastja Ceh's powerful header forcing South African keeper Andre Arendse into a good save after 70 minutes. Amir Karic's drive skimmed just over the South African goal with five minutes to play as they pushed in vain for an equaliser to stay alive in the tournament. McCarthy was substituted and needed treatment after a clash with ten minutes remaining, a concern for the South Africans who face Spain on Wednesday. Sebastjan Cimirotic, the burly Slovenian forward who scored against Spain, was replaced by Milan Osterc just before half-time.
Three players on each side were booked but the match was not bad-tempered.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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