Andris Juncker’s Dutch side were very keen to score a lot of goals against Vietnam. It worked, in no less than seven strokes. Esmee Brugts particularly impressed with two beautiful long volleys. The job is done, the group wins, and you just have to wait and see. Who will be the opponent in the round of 16?
Things went as the Dutch team had hoped, as Sweden beat Argentina 2-0 and finished first in the group, but who became number two and therefore the next competitor? It was not Italy, but an energetic South Africa, who did a lot of hitting during the final group match.
It seemed to be Benedetta Orsi who started Italy’s downfall with a crazy own goal in the first half. The defender did not notice the back pass and kicked very hard, much to her horror, when she saw the ball ending up behind her goalkeeper in the goal.
South Africa takes the lead in stoppage time
The lead was lost, but it could have been worse when Hilda Magaya gave the lively South Africa the lead. But that did not last long, because with her second goal Ariana Caruso saved the World Cup for Italy for the time being. 2-2 was enough to advance to second place.
However, it did not remain 2-2. In fact, South Africa scored at the best possible moment… in stoppage time. Thembi Kgatlana was the last stop on another quick counter-attack and all he had to do was put the ball home from a narrow cross from the flank. no sooner said than done. South Africa were of course brilliant and this time Italy were unable to respond.
Surprisingly, South Africa will now head to Sydney for the eighth World Cup final, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand. The Dutch national team organized a training camp in Sydney before kick-off and wanted nothing more than to return to that city. This motive bore fruit against Vietnam.
When is Netherlands – South Africa?
Netherlands – South Africa The match will start on Sunday at 4:00 am. This troubling time has to do with the fact that the organization assumed the United States would win the group when tabulating. So it turned out differently.
The winner will then face Switzerland or Spain in the quarter-finals.
This is the eighth final of the 2023 Women’s World Cup
Switzerland – Spain
Netherlands – South Africa
Japan – Norway
Sweden – United States
England – Nigeria
Colombia – Jamaica
Australia – Denmark
France – Morocco
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