Day 5 in numbers
As the curtain falls on a day marked by Spain's faultless progress and South Africa's passage through to the last four, FIFA.com and Castrol Insights take a closer look at the figures behind the scorelines.
European champions Spain have been making the most of the FIFA Confederations Cup by breaking a few records along the way. Their 2-0 win over South Africa was their 15th consecutive victory since 26 June 2008, taking them beyond the 14-match benchmark previously set by Brazil, France and Australia. Vicente del Bosque's men are also unbeaten since 7 February 2007, having put together a run of 35 games overall and triumphed in 32 of those. Only Brazil can boast an equally impressive sequence after recording 29 wins and six draws before losing 2-0 to Mexico on 21 January 1996.
Spain also booked their place in the semi-finals without conceding a single goal, matching Brazil in 1999 and 2001, Japan in 2001 and Cameroon six years ago. To cap it all off, the UEFA EURO 2008 winners were responsible for eight of the ten goals scored in Group A, giving them the highest tally and the best goals-per-game ratio at two per match. And there the records end – for now, anyway.
Indeed, the Iberians have been good enough to leave a few crumbs for the other sides in action, making it possible for South Africa to reach the knockout stages of a FIFA competition for the first time in their history, despite Saturday's defeat.
Xavi left with the Budweiser Man of the Match honours but the Barcelona midfielder neither got his name on the scoresheet nor engineered an assist. Instead, it was his incredible work-rate that won him plaudits, with statistics revealing that he racked up 107 passes and 11,276 km. Those excellent figures no doubt go a long way towards explaining why the 29-year-old is the only player to have featured in every one of Spain's 15 successive victories.
He may be second in line behind regular Iraq goalkeeper Noor Sabri, but Mohammed Kassid proved at the FIFA Confederations Cup that he is no mere understudy. The 22-year-old conceded just one goal and amassed 15 saves to earn himself top spot among goalkeepers in the Castrol Index.
South Africa custodian Itumeleng Khune had the misfortune to pull off a feat 51 minutes into his team's match that only seemed to sting Spain into action. The Kaizer Chiefs player kept out a penalty from David Villa then immediately leapt to his feet to block a powerful follow-up effort from Carles Puyol, but he barely had time to reflect on his moment in the sun before he was picking the ball out of his net after another Villa strike. Bafana Bafana's unbeaten start to the competition soon came to an end and the hosts find themselves top of a table they would rather not be leading: no other team can match their tally of 46 fouls.
Did you know?
Despite their elimination, the New Zealand players raised their arms at the final whistle of their goalless draw with Iraq. Why? Because the All Whites had just collected their very first point in nine matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup, not to mention their first clean sheet.