- Bernard PARKER (21', 52')
Referee Benito ARCHUNDIA (MEX)
South Africa-New Zealand: Quotes
Joel Santana, South Africa coach
We could have scored more goals, but it's very difficult to do that. What pleased me a lot is that we played well. We moved the ball well, we were very mobile in attack and our defence positioned themselves well, completely nullifying any of their attempts on our goal. In tournament football it's very difficult to play beautifully, but we did that tonight. New Zealand were difficult opponents and they gave us a tough game. The result was based on hard work, but we now have to finish with a good result.
Ricki Herbert, New Zealand coach
We knew that leading into the game, South Africa would be very aggressive in their desire for the win, but there was a lot riding on this game for us too. We wanted to make history by winning our first point in this competition and I'm very disappointed that we didn't. Too many key players didn't perform for us tonight. I decided to go with a similar team to the one that lost against Spain but too many of them struggled to get going. Some did OK, but we can't afford to play with half a team.
Bernard Parker, South Africa forward and Budweiser Man of the Match
After what happened against Iraq, my team-mates gave me their full support. They sat me down and told me that things like that happened in football and I should focus on the next game - and I have to thank them for that. But it was only when the coach put me in the starting line-up when I truly got over what happened to me. His confidence in me gave me confidence and today I managed to come up with an outstanding performance.
Steven Pienaar, South Africa midfielder
I'm very tired but very happy and I'm really looking forward to the next game. The guys came out and played with confidence and I think that was the main reason for our good performance tonight.
Simon Elliot, New Zealand midfielder
We could have played better against Spain and we definitely should have played better against South Africa. Playing for your national team is a question of pride and we weren't up to the task tonight. We have to improve a lot against Iraq; it's as simple as that.
Shane Smeltz, New Zealand forward
I'm very frustrated. We conceded two goals that were very similar to the ones we conceded against Spain and that's the most disappointing thing. Their confidence rose when they scored the first goal and that helped them to settle down. We never put pressure on them and we were never really in the match.