Spain come from behind to beat South Africa

The South African team which will make their Women's World Cup debut on 8 June 2019 in a match against Spain

The South African team which will make their Women's World Cup debut on 8 June 2019 in a match against Spain

South Africa had looked on track for a shock win after Thembi Kgatlana struck a powerful shot from the corner of the area over the head of the Spain goalkeeper, Sandra Paños, in the 25th minute.

Banyana Banyana will be hoping for a good start as they square up against Spain in their first ever Women's World Cup encounter on Saturday evening in France.

After leading for most of the match, scoring first in the opening half, the South African women's team went down 3-1 to Spain in their opening match against Spain at the Fifa Women's World Cup in France.

Nothando Vilakazi was sent off the field with a second yellow for following through on Lucia Garcia, with replays showing her studs going into the thigh of the Spaniard.

Facing opposition placed 36 places below them in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, Spain needed a great late comeback to secure victory in their first Group B match, Jennifer Hermoso and Lucia Garcia ensuring they joined the Germans at the top of the pool.

Germany will take on China before this Group B game.

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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.

Banyana Banyana (The Girls) defeated Mali 2-0 in an African championship semi-final seven months ago through goals from star striker Thembi Kgatlana and Lebogang Ramalepe.

In yesterday's third game, Guro Reiten and Lisa Marie Utland scored to help Norway open the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Nigeria.

The 1995 winners played without Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Fifa Ballon d'Or victor who stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the Norwegian federation treats the men's and women's teams. The score was 3: 0.

New Zealand start their tournament with a match against the Netherlands on Wednesday at 1am.

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