Netherlands Ease Past South Africa To Qualify To The Quarter-Finals

Jill Roord scored her fourth goal of the competition as the Netherlands walked into the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over South Africa at Sydney Football Arena on Sunday August 6.

Roord’s header gave her side an early lead and Lineth Beerensteyn added the second goal civility of a goalkeeper blunder in the last part to send the Dutch to the quarter-finals with Spain in Wellington on Friday.

The 54th-ranked African heroes never surrendered the battle in their most memorable appearance on the World Cup knockout stage and were dependably a danger on the cutting edge their sole striker Thembi Kgatlana.

Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar was equal to everything Bayana Bayana fired at her, however, and the 2019 finalists progressed to the last eight for the second successive tournament.

The game – was tailor-made for the defending champ Americans, but they were stuffed off to Melbourne to face Sweden later on Sunday after the Netherlands pounded Vietnam 7-0 to win Group E.

The Dutch began well and started to lead the pack from a corner in the 10th minute when Danielle van de Donk headed the ball towards goal and defender Lebohang Ramalepe got in goalkeeper Kaylin Swart’s way for giving Roord a straightforward finish.

Bayana Bayana answered right away, as striker Thembi Kgatlana’s fine first touch on a through ball offered her space to release a chance that constrained a save out of goalkeeper van Domselaar.

Kgatlana was a consistent threat to the Dutch against complacency.

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She had three chances away in the 10 minutes before halftime that tried van Domselaar, who also was at her best to stop a Kholosa Biyana piledriver in stoppage time.

Ten minutes into the final part, winger Lieke Martens had a goal ruled for offside, but the Dutch did increase the lead in the 68th minute.

Beerensteyn was played through and shot across Swart, who seemed to have the all that taken care of but bobbled her catch and watched the ball spurt into the net.

South Africa again answered surrendering an goal yet van Domselaar was again close to it, getting down low to turn Linda Motlhalo’s low cruise all over the post five minutes after the fact.

The South Africans had one final opportunity to get on the scoreboard in stoppage time, unavoidably through Kgatlana, but it was basically impossible as van Domselaar saved it.

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