Spain vs. South Africa FIFA Confederations Cup 2009
Spain, the reigning European Champions, have already qualified for the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup, but host country South Africa are in need of a win or draw to reach the second phase of the tournament.
If Spain beat the Bafana Bafana squad tonight, they will set a world record of 15 straight wins. The Spanish haven’t lost a game since 2006, winning last year’s European Championship along the way as it was propelled to the top of FIFA’s rankings.
With Spain already guaranteed of a spot in the semis, coach Vicente del Bosque is expected to give some of his fringe players a run out. Fernando Torres, David Villa and Xavi Hernandez are among those likely to be rested by Spain.
Meanwhile, the South Africans are riding high after beating New Zealand 2-0 in their previous game. The victory sent a wave of excitement around a nation that is currently living and breathing football.
The game starts at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: After second-half goals from David Villa and Fernando Llorente, Spain earned its record 15th straight victory with a 2-0 win over host nation South Africa in Bloemfontein.