South Africa celebrate Fortune’s rescue act
This post was created on June 2, 2002
Pusan, South Korea – Quinton Fortune’s last minute penalty saved a point to complete the rescue act started in the 63rd minute after an Estanislao Struway own goal on Sunday.
“We are a young team and we knew Paraguay would tire. We pressured and pressured and pressured,” said Sono.
“If we had lost our confidence would have been dented. We came from 2-0 down and now we’re on a high.”
Earlier, a flying header from Roque Santa Cruz and a fiercely-struck free kick by Francisco Arce looked to have given the South Americans a comfortable opening win.
For Paraguay coach Cesare Maldini it was more a feeling of two points dropped although he said he was not too dejected.
“We played very well for 45 minutes but in the second half we just stopped and that’s it.
“South Africa were physically very strong and we made a couple of mistakes. But I’m not disappointed with the draw. I’m convinced we will win a game in this tournament.”