Hermoso penalties help Spain avoid South Africa upset

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

13 in the world, finished last in its group four years ago in Canada, the country's only other appearance in the tournament.

Cape Town - Banyana Banyana relish opened their FIFA Females's World Cup advertising and marketing and marketing campaign with a painful loss to Spain on the Stade Oceane in France on Saturday.

Spain will play against South Africa in the second match of Group B in FIFA Women's World Cup, 2019.

Thembi Kgatlana gave South Africa a shock lead when she chipped into the net, and could have put them 2-0 up before Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos denied a tame effort.

Thembi Kgatlana scored a spectacular long-range goal after 25 minutes for Banyana Banyana, but after captain and frontline defender Janine van Wyk was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area, Jennifer Hermoso scored the first penalty in the 70th minute. Lucia Garcia added the final goal for Spain in the 89th minute.

Spain was not done, though, as Garcia capped her impressive cameo with a composed finish to move the team to the top of Group B.

German and Spanish will cross next Wednesday for the second day, while South Africa will try to recover against China on Thursday.

Gwinn's powerful 66th-minute shot from the edge of the penalty area flew into the left corner. China failed to take advantage of pressure they created in the second half.

They held onto that advantage until deep into the second period, Hermoso dispatching a spot-kick in the 70th-minute after her side had laid siege to the South Africa goal for almost the entirety of the half.

A 17-minute first-half blitz guaranteed a strong start to the tournament for Norway, with Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and an own-goal from Osinachi Ohale downing Nigeria. The score was 3: 0.

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