Banyana lost their World Cup opening game.

Written by on 23 July, 2023

By Simtho Dladla

Banyana Banyana suffered a disappointing defeat in their Group G opening match against Sweden at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Sweden come from behind to secure a valuable three points to beat Banyana 2-1 at Wellington Regional Stadium

Banyana had a great start in the first half, and three minutes into the second, it made history with its second-ever World Cup goal. Hildah Magaia was in perfect position as her team moved into the attacking third, and she put in a perfect rebounding shot to give her squad the lead.

Sweden dominated possession but seemed thrown by the cold, slippery conditions, along with energetic defending from their lower-ranked opponents. There were racking up the corner kicks all game, and was able to break through on its 11th, which was finished off by Amanda Ilestedt.

Bongeka Gamede and Bambanani Mbane were particularly impressive at the heart of the South African defence, fearlessly throwing themselves into tackles and clearing their lines. Group G rivals Italy and Argentina play in Auckland tomorrow.

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