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Netherlands tame South Africa to arrange Spain World Cup conflict


Netherlands tame South Africa to set up Spain World Cup clash

The Netherlands arrange a heavyweight Girls’s World Cup quarter-final conflict with Spain after ending South Africa’s historic run with a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

However the 2019 runners-up suffered some anxious moments in entrance of 40,000 in Sydney and had goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar to thank for protecting the African champions at bay within the first half.

Jill Roord scored after 9 minutes to place the Dutch on their means towards a staff ranked 45 locations beneath them and that includes within the knockout rounds for the primary time.

South Africa goalkeeper Kaylin Swart then made a large number of an innocuous Lineth Beerensteyn shot halfway by way of the second half to offer the Dutch a second.

The Netherlands will meet Spain on Friday within the final eight however Van Domselaar was referred to as into motion quite a few occasions.

“It wasn’t our greatest sport however comfortable to play my half within the clear sheet,” mentioned the stopper, who performs for Aston Villa and was named participant of the match.

“I do not know if it was my greatest (sport) however I will likely be trying again with satisfaction.”

Netherlands coach Andries Jonker was relieved afterwards that his facet averted changing into the newest to be on the top of a World Cup shock.

He mentioned his staff can beat anybody, however was scathing of their first-half efficiency.

“We misplaced the ball too usually within the first half and gave just a few possibilities away,” he mentioned.

“Daphne saved us just a few occasions and I used to be comfortable to steer 1-0 at half-time.

“We did a lot better within the second half and had rather more management of the sport.

“We deserved to attain once more and in the long run deserved to win.”

The 54th-ranked South Africa will likely be kicking themselves after having quite a few possibilities within the opening 45 minutes, nearly all to their livewire captain Thembi Kgatlana.

On six minutes the striker fired straight at Van Domselaar — it was to develop into a theme.

The Dutch took the lead three minutes later, midfielder Roord nodding in from shut vary following a nook for her fourth purpose of the match.

Kgatlana, who scored the winner over Italy that gave South Africa their first win ever on the World Cup, was a relentless risk along with her tempo.

Netherlands tame South Africa to set up Spain World Cup clash

4 extra occasions within the first half the US-based Kgatlana might have scored.

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis was proud however felt her facet ought to have received.

“We had lots of possibilities, particularly within the first half, to kill off the sport,” she mentioned.

“The possibilities we created ought to have put us out of sight.”

– Kgatlana risk –

Neutrals at Sydney Soccer Stadium had been behind South Africa and there was a buzz of anticipation every time Kgatlana ran with the ball.

On 12 minutes she sprinted away from a Dutch defence that was treading water and fizzed her effort simply over the bar.

Kgatlana rattled the Dutch as soon as extra quickly after with a mazy run and shot that stung the palms of Van Domselaar.

South Africa had already taken off injured ahead Jermaine Seoposenwe they usually misplaced Bambanani Mbane three minutes earlier than the break when she was stretchered off with a badly harm ankle.

If something that spurred Ellis’s facet and Kgatlana surged by way of once more however was foiled by Van Domselaar as soon as extra.

Moments earlier than the break there was a repeat, the Dutch defence discovering the 27-year-old Kgatlana too scorching to deal with however Van Domselaar standing agency.

The Dutch bought a grip on proceedings within the second half and had been gifted a second on 68 minutes when Swart’s blunder let Beerensteyn’s tame effort slip by way of her palms.

“In the long run the legs weren’t there to push in the course of the sport,” mentioned Ellis.

She added: “Their goalkeeper getting participant of the match exhibits how effectively we performed.

“The entire of South Africa ought to be very proud.”



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