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Spain downs South Africa 3-1 for 1st Women's World Cup win

12 June 2019

Spain failed to win a single game in its first appearance at a World Cup in 2015 but entered this tournament as one of the favourites thanks to an impressive qualification campaign in which Hermoso starred with seven goals.

After leading for most of the match, scoring first in the opening half, the South African women's team went down 3-1 to Spain in their opening match against Spain at the Fifa Women's World Cup in France.

The Atletico Madrid striker scored her first penalty in the 69th minute after South Africa captain Janine Van Wyk was called for a hand ball, and beat goalkeeper Andile Dlamini again in the 82nd minute.

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Nothando Vilakazi was sent off for a raised boot as she conceded the second penalty, awarded after a VAR review, with Lucia Garcia sealing victory a minute from time.

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.

Teenager Giulia Gwinn's 66th-minute blast from the edge of the box lifted two-time champion Germany to a 1-0 victory in Rennes, France. China failed to take advantage of pressure they created in the second half.

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South Africa will be hoping their 7-2 loss to Norway last Sunday in a friendly global will not dampen their morale as they are the lowest ranked side in Group B.

The 1995 winners played without Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Fifa Ballon d'Or victor who stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the Norwegian federation treats the men's and women's teams.

A 17-minute first-half blitz guaranteed a strong start to the tournament for Norway, with Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and an own-goal from Osinachi Ohale downing Nigeria.

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Nigerian defender Faith Michael was stretchered off after a collision with team-mate Tochukwu Oluehi.

Spain downs South Africa 3-1 for 1st Women's World Cup win