Publicado: Mier, Junio 12, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Spain uses pair of 2nd-half penalties to power past South Africa

Spain uses pair of 2nd-half penalties to power past South Africa

South Africa played the last football standoff versus Finland with the score 3: 0.

They were far better on Saturday than they were in their previous loss, a 7-2 hiding from fellow finalists Norway in Amiens last Sunday.

"Our drive to the stadium lasted nearly four hours instead of the planned 90 minutes", coach and former Banyana midfielder Desiree Ellis told AFP.

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.

Spain was the only team to maintain a 100% winning record through qualifying and was quick to show its strength Saturday, though South Africa's confidence soon grew. "We are coming in with our feet on the ground", she added.

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Still, the South African team has the confidence to make the round of 16.

"It certainly is not going to be easy for us, and the first match against Spain is vital". They are used to playing at a higher level than us. Spain Africa will try to win the match by the in the opening by good fielding and keep moving. "While our build-up results have been disappointing, the wonderful spirit in the camp has never wavered".

Meanwhile, Spain made it to the World Cup finals with a flawless record after winning all their eight matches in the European qualifying round. Spain is an experienced team played many matches before. South Africa is not so experienced team, the team has a lack of great players like Spain and also the lack of talent, so it will be tough to win the match for SA. They suffered six defeats and played to three stalemates. I do not envisage them battling to cope with the challenges of the group.

Banyana qualified for the World Cup for the first time in their history after finishing as runners-up in the CAF Women's Africa Cup Of Nations tournament in December a year ago.

"Being the no-hopers in the group can work to our advantage".

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