What a game we have just witnessed in the 3rd/4th placing of the Confederations Cup 2009 between Spain and the host South Africa, as if paying tribute to Michael Jackson both these teams produced a “Thriller” game.
Katlego Mphela, the striker who admitted he was astonished to be involved in the tournament, scored in the 73rd minute as Spain’s misery after losing their unbeaten record against USA looked like being compounded.
Two goals in as many minutes from fellow substitute Daniel Guiza then turned the match full circle, to give Spain a shock lead in the 89th minute.
The sudden turnaround in fortunes prompted streams of the home fans to exit the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, but minutes later they were running back to their seats.
The supporters’ horns were not rested for long as the fourth twist came via a fearsome 25 yard free kick from Mphela which levelled the match on 93 minutes, and sent the match into extra time.
Both teams pressed for a winner as the match continued, and it finally came courtesy of a hopeful free kick from Xabi Alonso which was left by countless players in the box before it found the bottom corner.
Was that a smile i spotted on Del Bosque face after Xabi’s goal? never seen him show any emotions before!
And while posting this i’m keeping an eye on the Final between USA and Brazil, and my goodness the States are leading 2-0 at halftime..more to come on that soon.