Between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain put together an amazing run of 35 matches without defeat, including 15 wins in a row. However, on the verge of setting a new world record (Brazil also went 35 games without loss from 1993 to 1996), La Furia Roja unexpectedly slipped up in their semi-final match against USA on 24 June 2009 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Vicente del Bosque's players had eight shots on Tim Howard’s goal that evening but none could make it past him. At the same time, the Americans scored two goals on two attempts from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey to record one of the biggest wins in their history. Spain clearly learned the lessons of this painful defeat though, as they returned to South Africa the following year and won the FIFA World Cup™.