Banyana Banyana go down 3-1 to Spain in World Cup debut


The SA Women’s football team played an inspired first 50 minutes before slipping away in the final third of the match.

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.

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. She scored another in the 83rd minute after Nothando Vilakazi committed a foul in the penalty area and found herself sent off after the video referee adjudged that she was deserving of a second yellow card.

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