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Netherlands 2-0 South Africa: Jill Roord and Lineth Beerensteyn score in World Cup win

Jill Roord has scored four goals at the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup

The Netherlands secured a quarter-final spot against Spain at the Fifa Women’s World Cup but not before enduring several anxious moments against South Africa.

Jill Roord, Manchester City’s new club record signing, nodded the Dutch ahead in the ninth minute but South Africa went close to equalising several times against the 2019 runners-up.

Banyana Banyana captain Thembi Kgatlana was once again a real handful and forced four fine saves from Daphne van Domselaar, Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper, at Sydney Football Stadium.

Lineth Beerensteyn doubled the lead after a mistake by South Africa keeper Kaylin Swart in the second half.

The Netherlands will return to New Zealand to face Spain in Wellington next Friday (02:00 BST) for a place in the semi-finals.

Another lightning start

The Dutch are two wins from reaching back-to-back finals after another lightning start at this tournament.

Roord’s early header, after Lieke Martens had been denied by a clearance off the line, was the sixth time they have scored inside 20 minutes.

Their second goal was a gift, Swart allowing a seemingly routine shot by the recalled Beerensteyn to slip through her grasp and into the net.

It was a horrible moment for the keeper but it secured the Dutch their third win of the tournament.

They have had a near-perfect World Cup so far and were only denied victory over four-time world champions the United States by Lindsey Horan’s equaliser.

Andries Jonker, the former assistant to Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, has been tasked with going one step further than the last World Cup when Sarina Wiegman’s side were defeated 2-0 by the United States in France.

They head into the quarter-finals in fine form and with Spain in their sights.

South Africa bow out with heads high

Banyana Banyana are heading home but they have certainly left an impression at this tournament.

Their players have brought joy with their dancing and singing before and after games, while on the pitch their exciting fast-paced attacking play has entertained fans.

And all this despite a dispute with their national association. South Africa’s players will receive $50,000 each from Fifa for reaching the last 16, but nothing from the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).

Despite this, they have been a joy to watch with their late win over Italy in their final group game sending them into the knockout stage for the first time.

South Africa went toe-to-toe with the Netherlands despite losing Jermaine Seoposenwe and Bambanani Mbane to injury before half-time.

The impressive Kgatlana has caused huge problems with her pace at this World Cup, scoring two and assisting another two goals, and she was once again dangerous against the Dutch.

The 27-year-old had five of South Africa’s seven attempts on target in this match but found herself frustrated by Van Domselaar.

Will Banyana Banyana be back in 2027?

South Africa are aiming to host the next Women’s World Cup. Their presence at the 2023 has certainly added fun to the tournament and they will be missed.

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Netherlands

  1. Squad number1Player namevan Domselaar

  2. Squad number8Player nameSpitse

  3. Squad number3Player namevan der Gragt

  4. Squad number20Player nameJanssen

  5. Squad number14Player nameGroenen

  6. Squad number17Player namePelova

  7. Squad number6Player nameRoord

  8. Squad number10Player namevan de Donk

  9. Squad number22Player nameBrugts

  10. Squad number7Player nameBeerensteyn

  11. Squad number11Player nameMartens

  1. Squad number2Player nameWilms

  2. Squad number9Player nameSnoeijs

  3. Squad number12Player nameBaijings

  4. Squad number18Player nameCasparij

  5. Squad number21Player nameEgurrola

South Africa

  1. Squad number1Player nameSwart

  2. Squad number2Player nameRamalepe

  3. Squad number13Player nameMbane

  4. Squad number4Player nameMatlou

  5. Squad number7Player nameDhlamini

  6. Squad number3Player nameGamede

  7. Squad number19Player nameBiyana

  8. Squad number12Player nameSeoposenwe

  9. Squad number10Player nameMotlhalo

  10. Squad number8Player nameMagaia

  11. Squad number11Player nameKgatlana

  1. Squad number6Player nameCesane

  2. Squad number14Player nameMakhubela

  3. Squad number17Player nameKgadiete

  4. Squad number23Player nameShongwe

Line-ups

Netherlands

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1van Domselaar
  • 8Spitse
  • 3van der Gragt
  • 20Janssen
  • 14Groenen
  • 17PelovaSubstituted forWilmsat 89′minutes
  • 6RoordSubstituted forSnoeijsat 90+3′minutes
  • 10van de DonkBooked at 67minsSubstituted forEgurrolaat 76′minutes
  • 22BrugtsSubstituted forCasparijat 89′minutes
  • 7Beerensteyn
  • 11MartensSubstituted forBaijingsat 90+3′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wilms
  • 4Nouwen
  • 5van Dongen
  • 9Snoeijs
  • 12Baijings
  • 13Jansen
  • 15Dijkstra
  • 16Kop
  • 18Casparij
  • 19Kaptein
  • 21Egurrola
  • 23Weimar

South Africa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Swart
  • 2Ramalepe
  • 13MbaneSubstituted forMakhubelaat 42′minutes
  • 4Matlou
  • 7Dhlamini
  • 3Gamede
  • 19Biyana
  • 12SeoposenweSubstituted forShongweat 30′minutes
  • 10MotlhaloSubstituted forKgadieteat 90+2′minutes
  • 8MagaiaSubstituted forCesaneat 90+2′minutes
  • 11Kgatlana

Substitutes

  • 5Magama
  • 6Cesane
  • 9Salgado
  • 14Makhubela
  • 16Dlamini
  • 17Kgadiete
  • 18Holweni
  • 21Moletsane
  • 22Kgoale
  • 23Shongwe

Referee:
Yoshimi Yamashita

Attendance:
40,233

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