Spain coach Vicente del Bosque had no excuses following his side's shock friendly defeat by South Africa, admitting they deserved to lose.
The reigning world and European champions had hoped for a happy return to Johannesburg's Soccer City, where they won the FIFA World Cup™ three years ago, but came unstuck as a second-half goal by Bernard Parker earned Bafana Bafana a 1-0 win.
I am here to congratulate you because you have made the country proud. Thank you very much for this performance.
It was only the seventh time in 83 matches Spain have tasted defeat under Del Bosque and the coach, who on Friday announced he had signed a contract extension to remain in charge until 2016, conceded South Africa were good value for their win.
Asked if it was one of the worst Spain displays in recent times, Del Bosque told Spanish television broadcaster Cuatro: "It could be. I think we can even say that we deserved the defeat.
"We started the game very well, but little by little they started opening us up and we gave them time to play on the counter. We came out with good intentions, I can't complain about the attitude of my players. South Africa got better."
Zuma salutes Spain scalp
Meanwhile, South Africa President Jacob Zuma sent his congratulations to the team after they recorded their first-ever victory over Spain.
He said: "Thank you very much for a fine win, you have made us proud as a nation. In my view, you had more shots at goal and you could have scored more goals.
"You really deserve this victory. I am here to congratulate you because you have made the country proud.
"Thank you very much for this performance, well done. It was absolutely wonderful watching you, the country is very happy."