“Netherlands Defeats South Africa 2-0, Ends Their World Cup Run”

By | August 6, 2023



The Netherlands defeated South Africa 2-0 in the round of 16 clash at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Dutch team will now face Spain in the quarterfinals. The match was a tough one, with South Africa creating several goal opportunities. However, it was the Netherlands who managed to find the back of the net with one goal in each half. FOX Sports reported

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup continued on Saturday as the Netherlands emerged as winners of Group E and ended South Africa’s surprising run in the tournament with a 2-0 victory in a round of 16 match at the Sydney Football Stadium in Australia. The Netherlands, ranked second in the latest World Cup power rankings, will now face Spain in the quarterfinals.

Despite the final scoreline, it was not an easy win for the Dutch team. South Africa, led by star forward Thembi Kgatlana, put up a tough fight and created several goal-scoring opportunities. However, it was the Netherlands who managed to find the back of the net with a goal in each half.

Some notable moments from the match included a disallowed goal for the Netherlands due to an offside violation, an impressive save by Dutch goalkeeper Daphne Van Domselaar, and a goal by Lineth Beerensteyn that extended the Dutch lead to 2-0. However, midfielder Danielle Van de Donk received a yellow card and will miss the quarterfinal if the Netherlands advances, as it was her second booking of the tournament.

At halftime, the Netherlands held on to a slim 1-0 lead despite South Africa’s strong attacking display. Kgatlana and Van Domselaar engaged in an intense battle, with the latter making crucial saves to keep her team in the lead.

The first half also saw South Africa coming close to equalizing, with Kgatlana and Esmee Brugts both having shots saved by the Dutch goalkeeper. However, it was the Netherlands who struck first, with star midfielder Jill Roord scoring a header off a save from South Africa’s goalkeeper to give her team an early lead. With this goal, Roord became the Netherlands’ all-time leading scorer in women’s World Cup history.


Overall, the match was a closely contested affair, with both teams displaying their skills and determination on the field. The Netherlands ultimately emerged victorious and secured their spot in the quarterfinals, where they will face Spain.

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