Spain humbles Banyana in WC opener

Desiree Ellis
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Spain dominated South Africa in a 3-1 victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Banyana Banyana in their first ever World Cup appearance succumbed to a defeat by Spain after having a 1-0 lead at half time.

Banyana top notch scorer Thembi Kgatlana scored the opening goal of the encounter in the 20th minute.

In the second half Banyana captain Janine van Wyk had been judged to a hand ball in the keeper’s box and a penalty was awarded to Spain. Jennifer Hermoso made no mistake as she slotted the penalty to level up the scores.

Defender Nothando Vilakazi got handed a second yellow card resulting in a red card after a VAR decision against Banyana therefore resulting in a penalty. Hermoso secured her brace as she slotted the penality and handed Spain a lead of 2-1 in the game.

Throughout many attempts on attack Spain eventually opened Banyana defence in the 88th minute after Luis Garcia danced around the keeper to tap in Spain’s third goal.

Banyana will now face China on Thursday in their second World Cup game.