As Spain and the Netherlands prepared for their clash, the unidentified man leapt onto the pitch and ran towards the halfway line, where the trophy was placed on a plinth.
It appeared as if the pitch invader was attempting to place an orange and black beanie hat on top of the gold cup.
However, he was accosted within inches of the trophy by a security guard wearing a black suit, who knocked him to the ground with a blow to his face.
The grinning man, wearing black jeans, white trainers and a black T-shirt was then carried out of the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg by seven security guards.
South African police said the man was “asking for serious trouble” by attempting the stunt as the 94,000-strong crowd looked on in disbelief.
He has been arrested and is expected to appear in court on Monday.
Colonel Vishnu Naidoo, a police spokesman, said: “This guy was asking for serious trouble. We take a very dim view of something like this.
“Officers had him under control within seconds and he will be in court at the earliest opportunity. He will be up before a World Cup magistrate on two charges.
“The first count will be trespass and the second will be under the Counter Measures Act which is about being caught somewhere you are not meant to be.”
He added that the pitch invader, whose name and nationality were being investigated, was likely to appear at Randburg Magistrates’ Court, a fast-track court dedicated to dealing with incidents of disorder surrounding the tournament.
The incident is the second time in a week that a fan has managed to evade security staff and make it onto the field.
Spain’s semi-final against Germany was briefly halted on Wednesday when a supporter charged onto the pitch four minutes after kick off.
Mario Ferri, an Italian football fan, was fined 8,000 rand (£700) and ordered to leave the country after appearing in court on Thursday.
He claimed he carried out the stunt to promote world peace.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Jaume Marquet Cot (Jimmy Jump)
his salvation/undoing number = MC = 43 = Have fun. Enjoy. Enjoy yourself. “Cheers!” Eat, drink and be merry. The more the merrier. Fun & games. Let’s play. Plays well with others. Enjoy it with everyone else. It’s party time! Let’s party! The life of the party. Make a game out of things. Playing games. Let’s have fun. Are we having fun yet? What do you like to do for fun? Just for kicks. I like that.