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2002 FIFA World Cup (tm)
Match Date
12 Jun 2002

South Africa South Africa 2 - 3 Spain Spain
(HT: 1 - 2)

Game Details
Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Saad Mane (KUW)

Assistant Referees
Jorge Rattalino (ARG)
Awni Hassouneh (JOR)

Game Events
# Date Player Event Period Mins H/A
1 12 Jun 2002 Raul Gonzalez Goal First Half 4 A
2 12 Jun 2002 Cyril Nzama Yellow Card First Half 16 H
3 12 Jun 2002 Benedict McCarthy Goal First Half 31 H
4 12 Jun 2002 Gaizka Mendieta Goal First Half 46 A
5 12 Jun 2002 David Albelda Player Out Second Half 8 A
6 12 Jun 2002 Sergio Gonzalez Substitute In Second Half 8 A
7 12 Jun 2002 Lucas Radebe Goal Second Half 8 H
8 12 Jun 2002 Raul Gonzalez Goal Second Half 11 A
9 12 Jun 2002 Bradley Carnell Yellow Card Second Half 22 H
10 12 Jun 2002 Siyabonga Nomvethe Yellow Card Second Half 24 H
11 12 Jun 2002 Siyabonga Nomvethe Player Out Second Half 29 H
12 12 Jun 2002 George Koumantarakis Substitute In Second Half 29 H
13 12 Jun 2002 Fernando Morientes Player Out Second Half 32 A
14 12 Jun 2002 Alberto Luque Martos Substitute In Second Half 32 A
15 12 Jun 2002 Lucas Radebe Player Out Second Half 35 H
16 12 Jun 2002 Thabang Molefe Substitute In Second Half 35 H
17 12 Jun 2002 Aaron Mokoena Yellow Card Second Half 36 H
18 12 Jun 2002 Raul Gonzalez Player Out Second Half 37 A
19 12 Jun 2002 Luis Enrique Martinez Substitute In Second Half 37 A
20 12 Jun 2002 Quinton Fortune Player Out Second Half 38 H
21 12 Jun 2002 Jacob Lekgetho Substitute In Second Half 38 H

Match report
A two-goal strike by Spain's stand-in skipper Raul helped send South Africa crashing out of the World Cup in a 3-2 defeat. Raul's winning header on 56 minutes deprived South Africa of the point they needed to guarantee a first-ever place in the second round of the World Cup after the Africans had twice bravely fought back to equalise. Spain, who had already qualified for the last 16, finished top of Group B with a 100 percent record and now face a second round match against Ireland on Sunday. With less than 10 minutes remaining, the narrow 3-2 scoreline looked like being enough to see the 'Bafana Bafana' squeeze into the last 16 on goal difference. But Paraguay's dramatic third goal six minutes from time in their 3-1 comeback victory over Slovenia in Seogwipo saw the South Africans eliminated by virtue of fewer goals scored. Paraguay scored six in their three games to South Africa's five.
A bitterly disappointed South Africa coach Jomo Sono blamed three mistakes for his side's agonising elimination.
"It's unfortunate that Paraguay beat Slovenia but that's the name of the game," Sono said. "We gave away three silly goals and got punished. We're going home. We played well but it happens."
Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho, who had made eight changes to his side for the match, said he was satisfied to have made it three wins out of three.
"Spain has had a great group phase but it gets harder from here onwards," he said, adding that he expected a tough game against the Irish.
"They didn't a lose a match in their group, they play a very compact game and we know it's going to be difficult."
South Africa had twice clawed their way back to level with equalising goals from Benni McCarthy and Lucas Radebe but Spain settled the match when Raul bagged his second of the match. Spain had taken the lead twice in the first half, with Raul opening the scoring in the opening minutes and Mendieta curling in a free kick right on half-time after McCarthy's equaliser. Raul's first of the night came in the fourth minute after a terrible error by goalkeeper Andre Arendse. The 34-year-old looked to have covered the danger when he slid to the edge of his area to gather a Spanish pass from midfield that had been destined for Raul. But Arendse could only watch in horror as the ball squirted out of his grasp and straight to the feet of the onrushing Raul who dribbled round for the simplest of finishes and his 27th international goal. South Africa responded instantly and raised their hopes when midfielder MacBeth Sibaya smashed a vicious 25-yard swerver that forced Iker Casillas to parry away. Yet it was not long before Spain were on the attack again, and only Arendse's frantic clearance off the line from a Mendieta shot prevented the South Africans going 2-0 down. Arendse went some way towards making amends for his costly howler after half an hour with a stupendous save, somehow diving to his right to thwart a powerful header from Fernando Morientes. Almost immediately South Africa made it 1-1. A Quinton Fortune cross into the area was nodded downwards by Siyabonga Nomvethe for McCarthy, who scrambled his shot past the advancing Casillas. But on the stroke of half-time Mendieta curled in his free kick from the edge of the area to put Spain back in front, Arendse poorly positioned to keep out the kick. South Africa came out for the second half superbly however and on 52 minutes they made it 2-2, Radebe scoring only the second goal of his 10-year career after nodding in downward header from the back post. Spain were not to be denied victory however and within three minutes they had their noses back in front. Impressive right winger Joaquin ghosted past his marked and floated a teasing cross into the box for Raul, who outjumped Radebe to direct his header past Arendse for 3-2.

(courtesy of dailysoccer)

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