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South Africa's Bernard Parker atoned for his sin vs. Iraq.
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JOHANNESBURG -- Three thoughts after South Africa's 2-0 victory over New Zealand and Spain's 1-0 win over Iraq on Wednesday in the Confederations Cup:

If Iraq can go through to the semifinals on Saturday, Bora Milutinovic will find a team to coach in World Cup 2010. That's the best way to characterize the results today. Iraq played another solid defensive game in holding Spain to a 1-0 score line, which means the Iraqis have a chance to go through to the semifinals if they can win 2-0 vs. New Zealand and have Spain defeat South Africa on Saturday. Then again, FIFA wants South Africa to advance, and if we're in conspiracy mode, Spain (which has already gone through) might do a solid for FIFA on Saturday in exchange for, say, help in finding a better training site in South Africa for 2010. If Iraq finds a way to go through, however, you can rest assured that Bora will have a job at WC2010. Our bet would be on North Korea or, perhaps most likely, South Africa.

It's time to disband Oceania. Let's be honest: Now that Australia has left the Oceania confederation for Asia, the powerhouse of Oceania is New Zealand, and New Zealand is a terrible team. For the good of world soccer -- and for the good of New Zealand, for that matter -- Oceania needs to be disbanded and folded into Asia. It will cause the Oceania teams to get better, and we won't have the charade of Oceania teams somehow deserving a half-berth in the World Cup. It's not a good thing that I've suddenly started calling New Zealand the Oceanic 11.

Good on you, Bernard Parker. The South African striker was the goat on Sunday, blocking a sure South African goal from crossing the line in Bafana Bafana's 0-0 tie against Iraq. On Wednesday, though, Parker found the target against New Zealand, scoring both South African goals to put his team in a position to advance. Even if Parker's second goal wasn't intentional, I'm willing to give him a hearty three-part South African handshake.

What are your thoughts on competition Day Three of the Confederations Cup? Is this group as lame as I think it is? And should South Africa replace Joel Santana as its coach for 2010? If you have any comments to make on Day Four, feel free to chime in below.

Grant Wahl's new book, The Beckham Experiment, comes out on July 14. You can pre-order it here. You can also find him now on Twitter.

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