Huge Upsets for Spain, South Africa in World Cup

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bongani Khumalo of South Africa heads the ball during the World Cup's opening game (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Since winning the EuroCup in 2008, Spain has been nearly undefeated. Their only loss in two years and 48 games has been to the United States. But yesterday that changed when Switzerland defeated Spain 1-0. In a later game, South Africa took a beating on the field, losing to Uruguay 3-0. And the South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune received a red card for tackling a Uruguayan striker, leaving his team one man short.

We talk with George Vecsey, sports columnist with The New York Times, about the dissapointments in yesterday's World Cup games.


George Vecsey

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Arwa Gunja

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