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Gibraltar and South Africa record surprise friendly results

Updated: Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 10:46 | Comments

Bernard Parker scored the only goal of the game in South Africa's win against Spain
Bernard Parker scored the only goal of the game in South Africa's win against Spain

Gibraltar drew 0-0 with Slovakia on Tuesday night in their first international match since being accepted by UEFA as a full member earlier this year.

There had been opposition from Spain but the Gibraltar FA won a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport obliging UEFA to accept them as their 54th member.

Their historic first match was staged at the Estadio de Algarve in neighbouring Portugal this evening and Allen Bula's men claimed a creditable goalless draw against a Slovakia side placed 65th in FIFA's world rankings.

Elsewhere, South Africa recorded an equally surprising result in Johannesburg as they defeated world and European champions Spain on a 1-0 scoreline.

A second-half goal by Bernard Parker stunned La Roja at a stadium where they won the World Cup in 2010.

The Kaiser Chiefs forward beat Victor Valdes after 57 minutes to shock Vicente del Bosque's side, who produced one of their poorest performances in recent memory to lose only their second match in more than three years.

The Netherlands, the side Spain beat in the final to be crowned world champions, were held to a goalless draw by Colombia at the Amsterdam ArenA.

The Dutch had to play almost an hour with a man less following Jeremain Lens' red card but they still managed to stretch their unbeaten run to 17 games.

Belgium, a side widely tipped to do well in next year's World Cup, suffered their second successive friendly loss as they were beaten 3-2 by Japan having also been downed by the Colombians on Friday.

The Red Devils scored first and last through Kevin Mirallas and Toby Alderweireld but Japan struck three times in between through Yoichiro Kakitani, Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki.

In other friendlies, Russia battled back from a goal down to beat South Korea 2-1, Turkey snatched a late 2-1 win over Belarus, while Austria saw off the USA courtesy of a first-half Marc Janko effort.

Also, Slovenia beat Canada 1-0, Malta defeated Faroe Islands 3-2 and Estonia were 3-0 victors at Liechtenstein.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Sergio Aguero brace helped Argentina beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 while Tim Cahill's 69th-minute strike earned Australia a 1-0 triumph over Costa Rica.

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