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North Korea flew from their Spanish base for the game in Frankfurt -- between the lowest ranked of the 32 qualifiers for the first World Cup to be hosted by an African country.
The outcome was no surprise as South Africa, who lacked unavailable Europe-based stars such as Steven Pienaar and captain Aaron Mokoena of Portsmouth, have consistently struggled to score.
Bafana managed just one goal in a home draw with minnows Namibia last month and it took a sizzling Siphiwe Tshabalala drive to force a similar result away to Paraguay three weeks ago.
Parreira wants to avoid becoming the first coach of a World Cup host nation not to reach the second round since the tournament was first staged 80 years ago.
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