Radebe: South Africa may surprise
Former South Africa captain Lucas Radebe believes Spain could find the Bafana Bafana side they face tomorrow a different proposition from the one they beat last weekend. Spain meet the host nation in the third-place play-off of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa™ as the two sides look to bounce back from their disappointing semi-final defeats in midweek.
The Spanish have already defeated the South Africans once in this tournament, winning 2-0 last Saturday in a match in which Vicente del Bosque's side claimed a record-breaking 15th successive victory, and extend their unbeaten streak to a record-equalling 35 games.
A lot has happened since then though, with Spain suffering a shock 2-0 semi-final defeat to outsiders USA on Wednesday, while South Africa can consider themselves somewhat unlucky to have lost to Brazil on Thursday, with Joel Santana's side losing a tight match after falling to Dani Alves' brilliant 88th-minute free-kick.
With that in mind, Radebe does not believe it is a foregone conclusion that European champions Spain will get back to winning ways in the third-place play-off tomorrow.
"Every game is different. The Bafana Bafana will have learnt a lesson [from the Spain match] and they will taken heart from the great game they had against Brazil," Radebe said.
The former Leeds defender added about Spain: "They have the most talent, but little by little, opponents are going to get the measure of them.