Banyana let slip a golden opportunity to break their World Cup duck

Written by on 28 July, 2023

By: Simtho Dladla

Argentina fought back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a draw against Banyana Banyana in a Group G clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

The draw gave South Africa its first ever point in the Women’s World Cup. South Africa lost every match in the group stage at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, as well as this tournament opener. Another poor showing from Banyana team allowing Argentina back into the game when they had a foot on their neck.

Linda Motlhalo scored in the 30th minute for South Africa when she knocked in a pass from Thembi Kgatlana when play slowed because Argentine players thought South Africa was offside. Kgatlana later added a goal herself in the 66th minute.

Banyana let slip a golden opportunity to break their World Cup duck here having initially overcome the loss of captain Refiloe Jane to injury in the first half. Argentina pulled one back via a stunning Sophia Braun strike in the 74th minute and then drew level five minutes later when Nunez headed home.

After losing their opening matches in New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa both now have one point. Favourites Sweden and Italy both have three points before playing each other in Wellington on Saturday, before a decisive final round of games on August 2.

image: Daniela Porcelli/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

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