Spain head coach, Vicente del Bosque, says he’s thankful for the show of fair play that allowed his side to bring on a seventh substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Bafana Bafana.
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Barcelona shot-stopper, Victor Valdes, went down injured in the second half of the game, although with La Roja having already used their six substitutes it looked as though Alvaro Arbeloa would take up the position in goal.
However, after a brief altercation on the sidelines Spain were allowed to bring Pepe Reina on to replace Valdes and play continued.
When asked about the incident Del Bosque told the media, “The sixth substitute had been made and we asked if we could make a seventh. We asked the referee table and they said it was ok. The extra change was a question of fair play, and we’re very thankful for that fair play.
“The injury to Victor Valdes happened in a play that shouldn’t have been dangerous, and his injury is as painful as the defeat. “
However, he had good things to say about Gordon Igesund’s team, he said, “The first twenty minutes were quite good, we put some good balls over the back of their defence, but little by little the South African team were improving, and by the end they were a little bit better.
“We cannot live from the past, we have to look forward…”
Bernard Parker’s goal proved to be the crucial difference between the two sides on the night, with 56th ranked Bafana beating the world ‘s number one.
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