FIFAWWC: Netherlands Ease Pass South Africa, Set Up Spain’s Quarter-Final Clash On Friday

The Netherlands have advanced to the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after a convincing performance 2-0 win against South Africa.

Goals either side of the half from Jill Roord and Lineth Beerensteyn were enough to overcome a Banyana Banyana side, who always looked dangerous, but could not convert that threat into a goal.

Despite being the underdogs, South Africa took the game to the Dutch in an entertaining last 16 clash at the Sydney Stadium in Sydney, Australia on Sunday.

From the outset, the Group D winners asserted their dominance, launching attacks and testing the South African defence.

Despite Banyana Banyana’s goalkeeper, Kaylin Swart heroics, the relentless Dutch side pressure paid off, and Roord capitalized on a close-range opportunity from a well-taken corner, giving OranjeLeeuwinnen an early lead, the only goal in the first half.

At the resumption of the second half, the South Africans refused to back down and continued to attack with determination. Nevertheless, the Dutch team continued to press, and Beerensteyn capitalized on a goalkeeping error from Swart to secure their second goal.

WHAT THEY SAID

“Very proud of these players. They gave their all today. They know that they were in the game. And that’s what we said – we were going to come here and put up a fight and put in a game… South Africa can be very proud of this team.”
Desiree Ellis, South Africa coach

“We gave the ball away so often, then they were dangerous, but luckily we have a top keeper. Today she really showed that she is a top talent. We knew that, but it is always nice when it is confirmed.”
Andries Jonker, Netherlands coach

The France 2019 finalists, advanced to the next round, (Quarter finals), will take on Spain in Wellington on Friday.

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