Second-half goals from David Villa and Fernando Llorente helped Spain to a world record 15th consecutive victory on Saturday 20 June when they defeated hosts South Africa 2-0 in their final Group A match at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.

The UEFA EURO 2008-winners thus overtook a 14-victory mark set by Australia between 1996 and 1997 which was subsequently equalled by Brazil in 1997 and France during 2003 and 2004.

"I'm very happy with way things have gone, we have an excellent team," said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque. "Winning 15 matches in a row is a huge success by this team and we want to go on like this."

Spain began the record run by beating semi-final opponents Russia 3-0 in Austria and Switzerland last summer, before winning the trophy with a 1-0 victory over Germany three days later.

Winning 15 matches in a row is a huge success by this team and we want to go on like this.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque

Turkey twice came close to ending the winning streak within four days last March and April, losing 1-0 away and 2-1 at home with Liverpool midfielder Albert Riera snatching a stoppage-time winner in the away encounter.

A team that boasts a clutch of players from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, plus English Premiership stars like Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas, also had close calls at home to Bosnia and away to Belgium.

Other teams were not so lucky, however, with Azerbaijan hit for six in a warm-up for South Africa 2009, where Spain began their group campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of New Zealand and a narrow 1-0 win over Iraq.

And the Spaniards have not finished chasing records yet. If they dodge defeat in their FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final on Wednesday 24th June they will extend their unbeaten run to 36 games and overtake the 35-match record they currently hold jointly with Brazil.