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European champions Spain edged out hosts South Africa 3-2 in extra-time to avoid a second embarrassing defeat and finish third at the Confederations Cup in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Midfielder Xavi Alonso netted the winner in the 107th minute when his curling free-kick evaded his own players, the South African defenders and unsighted goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

It was a bitter blow for the home fans, whose side had been on the verge of earning a famous victory ahead of the 2010 World Cup, which the country will also host. What is the Confederations Cup? Read full article »

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