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Result: South Africa upset Spain in Johannesburg return

Spain slump to their first ever defeat to South Africa, as la Roja returned to Soccer City, Johannesburg for the first time since winning the 2010 World Cup there.

South Africa have recorded a 1-0 victory over Spain in Johannesburg to earn their first ever victory over the reigning world champions.

South Africa's Bernard Parker is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal against Spain during an international friendly match on November 19, 2013© Getty Images

Soccer City played host as Vicente del Bosque's men revisited the scene of their 2010 World Cup final victory over the Netherlands.

However, the international giants experienced contrasting fortunes as Bernard Parker's 56th-minute strike proved sufficient in earning his nation its first win over La Roja.

The Spaniards were given a scare by the hosts in the early stages, with Oupa Manyisa seeing his deflected effort cannon off Iker Casillas's crossbar on 17 minutes.

La Roja grew stronger as the half went on, with Fernando Llorente in particular proving a menace for Bafana Bafana's rearguard.

The Juventus striker rose highest to meet a Pedro cross, but his headed effort flew over the bar.

South Africa boss Gordon Igesund nearly saw his team take the lead on the stroke of half time, when Parker should have opened the scoring but the 27-year-old headed narrowly wide from a corner.

The Kaizer Chiefs marksman would make amends, though, firing the hosts into the lead by clipping over Victor Valdes - a second-half substitute - 11 minutes into the second half.

With Spain vulnerable to attack, South Africa went in search of a second and nearly found it through Parker once more, but the striker's stinging effort was blocked.

The visitors came close to restoring parity in the dying stages, only for Santi Cazorla to see his 20-yard strike well saved by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and South Africa held on for a historic victory.

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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