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At the mention of Matthew Booth, Spain’s star striker Fernando Torres nodded his head in approval and said he was a “difficult” defender to play against.

“He’s a huge defender and I think the whole South African back line did well. There was also quality in the middle of the field,” Torres said.

Booth was very modest about what 'El Nino' had to say about him. “It’s great to hear that from him, but I know he’s had a really tough, long season and we must remember that Spain had already qualified for the semis,” Booth said.

Even though Torres was substituted after 60 minutes, his many fans kept chanting his name. The Liverpool man’s face lit up when asked about the reception he has had in South Africa.

“Since the first day I got here I have felt at home, I feel like it’s home away from home,” he smiled.

Should Torres help Spain to win the first ever Confederations Cup held in Africa, you can be sure even more South Africans will follow his career up until the World Cup next year.

“First our aim is the Confeds Cup. We want to win this and then we’ll see from there. But the confidence is growing all the time,” Torres said.

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