Vilda warned that the goal did not have to be other than winning a match, especially the first, and Spain ratified its fear in the first half hour falling into the trap of South Africa. Although the domain at the beginning was overwhelming, the 'Banyana Banyana' knew how to find the weak point very quickly: the spaces. The fear of a defeat in the debut flew over the Océane stadium in Le Havre for eighty minutes, but the revolution of Lucía García and the VAR They gave a break to 'La Roja'. The victory against South Africa (3-1) sets the classification for the round of 16, where will be the four best third of the group stage in addition to the first two classified.
Running back kills Spain. It is not the first game in which the defenses are sold against the rival speed, and the South African coach Desiree Ellis I had studied it well. With Jane, the malaguista Ode Fulutudilu and the speed of Kgatlana, found a way to play on the back of the Spanish midfield and generate difficulties the strength of the couple formed by Irene Paredes and Mapi León.
With doubts and nerves came the South African goal. Kgatlana He found the ideal place behind Marta Torrejón, and after a rejection of Mapi, he placed the ball on the net. Sandra Cloths, very far from the sticks, could only touch the ball with the tips of his fingers. First play, first setback.
Until then the Vilda set had had control and all possible occasions, but none of them clear. Mariona in a shot from the front, Alexia Putellas breaking lines and Mapi Leon trying to set it up on a free kick did not create great danger for the catcher Andile Dlamini, who almost was surprised at the edge of the break by a distant shot from Marta Corredera. In the equator, Spain dominated the possession but not the marker.
At the break came the revolution at the hands of Aitana Bonmatí and Lucía García, who entered the field in place of two veterans, Vicky Losada and Amanda Sampedro. The Athletic attacker gave depth to the game on the right wing, and there he found the danger and the comeback materialized. Along with the exchange of Marta Corredera and Torrejón bands, Spain seemed different.
The VAR, allied in the second penalty
More verticality and more depth that led South Africa to award two penalties. The first, in a clear hand of Van Wyk that the front mattress Beautiful Jenni He took care to punish very calmly, placing the ball where Dlamini could not reach. The second, in the first intervention of the VAR to ratify a plate on Lucía García that paved the way to the round of 16.
The final stretch was a succession of occasions for Spain, that with the realistic Nahikari in the field intensified the attack until making fall the third one. Lucia Garcia closed the three points that mark a promising start for the team of Jorge Vilda, with the victory of Germany against China (1-0) is placed first of group B and set the classification for the next round.
Spain, 3 – South Africa, 1
Spain: Sandra Cloths; Marta Corredera, Irene Paredes, Mapi León, Marta Torrejón; Alexia Putellas (Nahikari, 72 '), Torrecilla, Vicky Losada (Aitana Bonmatí, 45'); Mariona Caldentey, Jenni Hermoso, Amanda Sampedro (Lucia Garcia, 45 ').
South Africa: Andile Dlamini; Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Noko Matlou, Janine Van Wyk; Linda Motlhalo (Busisiwe Ndimeni 51 '), Refiloe Jane, Kholosa Biyana; Thembi Kgatlana, Amanda Mthandi (Jermaine Seoposenwe, 55 '), Ode Fulutudilu (Leandra Smeda, 77').
Goals: 0-1, Kgatlana (25 '). 1-1, Jenni Hermoso penalty (69 '). 2-1, Jenni Hermoso penalty (82 '). 3-1, Lucía García (89 ').
Referee: Maria Carvajal Cards: He sent Vilakazi for a double yellow card in the 81st minute. He also sent Van Wyk, Biyana and Corredera yellow.
Stadium: Stade Oceáne. 12,034 spectators.
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