Not even South Africa’s late surge could overcome ‘favorites’ the Netherlands. The Netherlands defeated South Africa to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup.

The Netherlands defeated South Africa 2-0 in the round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 on Saturday at Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Australia. The Netherlands will play Spain, who thrashed Switzerland 5-1 the day before, in the quarterfinals on Nov. 11.

The Netherlands, who reached the final of the tournament in France four years ago but finished as runners-up after a 0-2 defeat to the reigning champions, the United States, have dominated their group. Drawn in Group E with the United States, Portugal, and Vietnam, the Netherlands topped the group with two wins and a draw, including victories over Portugal (1-0) and Vietnam (7-0) and a 1-1 draw with the United States, to advance to the Round of 16.

The Netherlands jumped out to an early lead through Gilles Rohr (Wolfsburg) in the ninth minute. A Dutch header from a corner kick was saved with a foot by a South African defender, but Rohrt raced onto it and slotted it home. With his fourth goal of the tournament, Rohrt moved to within one goal of top scorer Hinata Miyazawa (Japan-5).

Down 1-0 at halftime, the Netherlands drove a wedge in the second half with a goal from Linut Beirenstein (Juventus) in the 23rd minute. Beirensteijn’s shot was deflected by South African goalkeeper Kaylin Swart (JVW), who made the mistake of letting the ball slip through her fingers and into the net. It was a huge mistake for South Africa, who had been building momentum in the chase. The Netherlands settled down from there and finished with ease.바카라사이트

South Africa, who went winless in their first World Cup appearance in France in 2019 and finished with a three-match losing streak in their second attempt at the tournament, made a splash in Group G, beating Italy and Argentina to finish second in the group (W1 D1 L1) behind Sweden (3 wins) and reach the round of 16. Although they were stopped by the Dutch, they proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the tournament, playing every game close.

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