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90' + 4'
Marta Corredera
Yellow Card
89'
Virginia Torrecilla
Assist
89'
Lucía García
Goal
83'
Jennifer Hermoso
Penalty Goal
82'
N. Vilakazi
Yellow 2nd/RC
77'
L. Smeda
O. Fulutudilu
77'
K. Biyana
Yellow Card
73'
Nahikari García
Alexia Putellas
70'
Jennifer Hermoso
Penalty Goal
69'
J. van Wyk
Yellow Card
60'
N. Vilakazi
Yellow Card
56'
J. Seoposenwe
A. Mthandi
52'
B. Ndimeni
L. Motlhalo
46'
Lucía García
Amanda Sampedro
46'
Aitana Bonmati
Vicky Losada
Kick Off
25'
L. Motlhalo
Assist
25'
T. Kgatlana
Goal
Kick Off
3
1
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
7
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 12 2
Total Passes 575 213

Commentary

That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
Spain face Germany next in Group B, whilst South Africa will face China who also lost today, suffering a 1-0 defeat against Germany.
Spain move to the top of Group B on goal difference after a 3-1 victory over South Africa, thanks to a second half comeback. South Africa led 1-0 at the break, but Spain came out after the break having made a couple of changes and dominated the second half. They equalised after Van Wyk handled the ball in the box and Hermoso converted from the penalty spot. The second goal was also a penalty after Vilakazi was penalised for a late challenge on Lucia Garcia following a VAR reveiw and Hermoso once again scored from the spot. Lucia Garcia then scored the third late on as South Africa began to look tired.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: SPAIN 3-1 SOUTH AFRICA
Marta Corredera
Yellow Card
Spain
90' + 4' Corredera is booked for a poor needless challenge in the middle of the pitch.
90' + 2' Great tackle! Hermoso shows terrific skill to flick the ball behind her and into the path of Lucia Garcia, who runs through on goal and appears to only have the keeper to beat, but a South African defender gets back and makes a great block to prevent a fourth goal.
90' There will be a minimum of five minutes added time played.
Virginia Torrecilla
Assist
Spain
89' Torrecilla spots the run of Lucia Garcia in behind the South Africa defence, picking the winger out perfectly.
Lucía García
Goal
Spain
89' GOOOAAALLL! Lucia Garcia makes it three! Spain lead 3-1. The winger cuts inside from the right wing, takes advantage of a mistake from the goalkeeper and defender who collide into each other, with Lucia Garcia rounding them both and slotting the ball into the back of an empty net.
87' Spain have now scored four goals in the World Cup and all of those goals have been left footed.
85' There are a few tired South African players out on the pitch now, they have had to do a lot of defending today and have ultimately come undone by two poor defensive decisions.
Jennifer Hermoso
Penalty Goal
Spain
83' GOOOAAALLL! Spain lead 2-1! Hermoso once again steps up to take the penalty and she sends the ball into the opposite corner of the net this time.
N. Vilakazi
Yellow 2nd/RC
South Africa
82' Vilakazi is shown a second yellow card for the challenge and is sent off.
81' PENALTY! The referee awards a penalty after reviewing the footage and Spain now have a chance to take the lead!
81' Penalty review! The referee is currently looking at the video footage of a tackle by Vilakazi on Lucia Garcia. The South African gets the ball, but the her foot is high and studs up, striking Lucia Garcia in the upper groin.
79' Spain are camped inside the South Africa half now, they are full of confidence now and are throwing everything at their opponents.
L. Smeda
O. Fulutudilu
South Africa
77' South Africa make their third and final substitution now, with Fulutudilu heading off the pitch and she has been replaced by Smeda.
K. Biyana
Yellow Card
South Africa
77' Another South African player is shown a yellow card, this time it is Biyana.
75' GOAL RULED OUT! Spain have the ball in the back of the net again and they think it's 2-1, but the officials pull it back for offside straight away. Good decision as Torrecilla made her run slightly too early as a deep cross came into the box and she powered a header past Diamini.
Nahikari García
Alexia Putellas
Spain
73' Here is the final Spain substitution, with Putellas coming off and she has been replaced by Nahikari Garcia.
72' Spain were just about to make their final change of the game before the goal, but they appear to have put that on hold now. There is still plenty of time left on the clock for someone to score a winning goal.
Jennifer Hermoso
Penalty Goal
Spain
70' GOOOAAALLL! Hermoso converts from the penalty spot! The striker sends Diamini the wrong way, slotting the ball into the back of the net, to make it 1-1.
J. van Wyk
Yellow Card
South Africa
69' Van Wyk is booked for the handball.
68' SPAIN PENALTY! Van Wyk is penalised for handball as she tries to block a cross into the box, she raises her hands above her head and the ball clearly strikes the arms of the South African captain. The referee is quick to point to the spot.
66' Spain are yet to use their superior height difference to any significant effect from set pieces, with Paredes rising highest from a corner, but she powers her header well wide of the South African goal.
64' South Africa are the sixth different African nation to appear at the tournament after Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea & Cameroon.
62' The Spain manager does not look happy with this performance from his side so far, they've improved during the second half but haven't tested South Africa enough at the back.
N. Vilakazi
Yellow Card
South Africa
60' Vilakazi is shown the first yellow card of the game after she clatters into the back of Lucia Garcia.
58' CLOSE! South Africa almost double their lead! Fulutudilu with a low cross into box after making an interception and using her pace to get down the right wing, her cross finds it's way to Kgatlana at the far post, but she doesn't get enough power on her shot and Panos makes a good save from close range, with the Spanish defence then smashing the ball clear.
J. Seoposenwe
A. Mthandi
South Africa
56' Another South Africa change, with Mthandi the player coming off and she has been replaced by Seoposenwe.
54' Good chance! Free header by Torrejon in box and she should be doing better from that position, but she fires the ball straight into the arms of Diamini. Either side of the goalkeeper and that would've been in the back of the net.
B. Ndimeni
L. Motlhalo
South Africa
52' South Africa now make their first substitution, with Motlhalo coming off the pitch and she has been replaced by Ndimeni.
50' It's all Spain in these opening five minutes of the second half, they've started with much more pace and urgency to try and get back into the game as quickly as possible.
48' SO CLOSE! Garcia strikes the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the box and the rebound falls perfectly to Hermoso just a couple of yards out, but her strike is straight at Diamini who gathers the ball. Great start to the second half by Spain.
Lucía García
Amanda Sampedro
Spain
46' The other change sees Sampedro replaced by Garcia.
Aitana Bonmati
Vicky Losada
Spain
46' Spain have made a double substitution at the break, with Losada replaced by Bonmati.
46' The second half is underway!
South Africa have looked dangerous on the counter-attack due to their pace up front and that's when they've tested Spain, taking the lead with their only shot on target, whilst Spain have had 73 per cent of the possession.
South Africa lead 1-0 at the break after Kgatlana's wonderful strike broke the deadlock after 25 minutes, despite Spain dominating possession and being camped inside the South African half for much of the first 45 minutes. Leon went close early on for Spain, but her free-kick flew just over the crossbar, before Corredera hit the woodwork at the very end of the half.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: SPAIN 0-1 SOUTH AFRICA
45' + 3' OFF THE BAR! Corredera goes the closest to bringing Spain level, as her effort from long range strikes the top of the crossbar and then Diamini gathers the rebound.
45' + 2' Great tackle by Paredes to stop Kgatlana from breaking into the box, who seems to get the ball stuck under her feet.
45' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played at the end of the first half.
43' Another good break by South Africa, but Kgatlana is unable to get on the end of a cross into the box from the right wing. Neither team has had a chance to score since South Africa took the lead after 25 minutes.
41' Spain have never scored a second half goal in the World Cup, but they might have to today or they'll suffer an opening game defeat. As it stands South Africa will join Germany at the top of Group B.
39' Just a few minutes remaining on the clock until the break now, can Spain find a way back into the game before the half-time whistle? Diamini in the South Africa goal hasn't had much to do since the opening period of the game.
37' Everyone is back behind the ball for South Africa at the moment, so Spain are finding it very difficult to find any space and look very frustrated.
35' The opening goal was South Africa's first ever shot on target at the Women's World Cup.
33' Stoppage in play here as Kgatlana and Losada are down following a collision and both medical teams are on the pitch. It looks like Kgatlana has come off worse, but both should be fine to continue.
31' Sampedro wins a free-kick right on the edge of the box and she tries to take it quickly to catch the South African defence out, but the referee stops play, much to her disappointment.
29' As we approach the half an hour mark it's South Africa who lead 1-0, but Spain are the team dominating possession. However, they are struggling to create any goalscoring chances from it.
27' Spain are pressing forward in search of an equalising goal straight away, but this is leaving them open at the back as South Africa once more break forward with pace on the counter.
L. Motlhalo
Assist
South Africa
25' Kgatlana started the attack, passed to Motlhalo, who tried to work space for the shot but was crowded out, so played it back to Kgatlana, who did the rest with a fantastic finish.
T. Kgatlana
Goal
South Africa
25' GOOOAAALLL! South Africa take the lead against the run of play, it's 1-0! Kgatlana with a superb strike from the edge of the box after a quick counter-attack. The striker finds herself in plenty of space and chips the ball over Panos in the Spanish goal and into the back of the net.
24' Spain are probing in the final third, but they are lacking a clincal final ball to open up the South African defence, who are getting back in numbers and making it very difficult.
22' Kgatlana scored five goals for South Africa at the 2018 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations; winning the golden boot.
20' Sampedro tries an ambitious overhead volley from the edge of the box, after a deep cross into the box from the left wing, but she gets it all wrong and Dlamini comfortably gathers.
18' South Africa are certainly growing in confidence as the game goes on after a shaky opening few minutes.
16' CLOSE! South Africa go close to scoring from a free-kick! Van Wyk dummies the ball and Vilakazi fires a powerful strike towards the top corner, but Leon in the Spain wall gets a touch to it and flicks it over the bar. The resulting corner is punched away by Panos at the near post.
14' South Africa now with a free-kick in a very good position! Fulutudilu used her pace on the counter to stretch the Spain defence and they don't clear the danger well enough, giving away a free-kick around 20 yards out in a good shooting position.
12' CLOSE! Leon steps up to take the free-kick, she gets it over the South African wall and it looks to be heading into the top corner of the net, but there is slightly too much pace on the ball and it skims the top of the net.
12' Free-kick to Spain after a late challenge by Sampedro around 25 yards out and this is a central shooting position for Spain.
10' South Africa are struggling to get a touch on the ball at the moment, as Spain are keeping the ball well but not really threatening in front of goal as their opponents are defending well in numbers.
8' Matlou (33y 251d) of South Africa is the oldest debutant at the Women's World Cup since New Zealand's Jenny Bindon in 2007 (34y 199d).
6' Good effort! Mariona with a low strike from the edge of the penalty area, it looks to be sneaking into the bottom corner, but Diamini manages to get down well and tip the ball out of play for a corner. However, South Africa clear the danger from the resulting set piece.
5' Spain are dominating possession at the moment, they are forcing South Africa to get everyone back behind the ball to defend, as Spain are camped inside their half. They are certainly looking to get an early goal here.
3' Spain are pressing high up the pitch in these early few minutes of the game, but South Africa look dangerous on the counter-attack due to their pace in attack.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!
There are five Barcelona players including in starting line-up for Spain, including captain Torrejon in defence. Atletico Madrid striker Hermoso starts up top, having won the golden boot this season with 24 goals as Atletico won the league title. South African captain and most-capped player Van Wyk starts at centre-back, with African Player of the Year Kgatlana, also featuring in the starting XI.
SOUTH AFRICA SUBS: Mapaseka Mpuru, Bongeka Gamede, Leandra Smeda, Busiswe Ndimeni, Kaylin Swart, Bambanani Mbane, Karabo Dhlamini, Tilsetso Makhubela, Mamello Makhabane, Rhoda Mulaudzi, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Sibulele Holweni.
SOUTH AFRICA (4-4-2): Andile Diamini; Lebohang Ramalepe, Janine Van Wyk, Noko Matlou, Nothando Vilakazi; Linda Motlhalo, Refiloe Jane, Kholosa Biyana, Amanda Mthandi; Ode Fulutudilu, Thembi Kgatlana.
SPAIN SUBS: Aitana Bonmati, Ivana, Patri Guijarro, Celia Jimenez, Nahikari Garcia, Leila, Andrea Falcon, Mariasun Quinones, Lola Gallardo,Silvia Meseguer, Lucia Garcia, Andrea Pereira.
SPAIN (4-3-3): Sandra Panos; Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Mapi Leon, Marta Corredera; Vicky Losada, Alexia Putellas, Virginia Torrecilla; Amanda Sampedro, Jenni Hermoso, Mariona.
Spain qualified with a 100% record, winning all eight games and finishing eight points clear of second-placed Austria. South Africa booked their place in the tournament after beating Mali 2-0 in the semi-final of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations, before losing the final on penalties to Nigeria.
Spain exited the 2015 World Cup at the group stage after failing to win a single game, However, they did manage to get to the quarter-finals of the European Championships two years ago. Meanwhile South Africa are making their World Cup debut today.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group B Women's World Cup clash between Spain and South Africa.
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