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Netherlands v South Africa: Women’s World Cup 2023 last 16 – live


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90+1 mins: Biyana sends a wild effort flying well wide of the post and it doesn’t look like there’s any way back for South Africa. The Netherlands are preparing to make another couple of subs.

89 mins: Four minutes of added time to be played.

87 mins: So, it looks like the Dutch can look forward to a quarter-final against Spain. Time to rest a couple of players – Brugts and Pelova off, Lynn Wilms and Kerstin Casparij on.

86 mins: Still the Netherlands press for another goal. Biyana shows a bit of frustration with a poor challenge on Beerensteyn. No card though.

84 mins: Beerensteyn runs onto another ball through – this time’s she’s onside. She pulls up and lays off to Roord, who fires well over the bar.

82 mins: Around 10 minutes remaining in Sydney and time is running out for South Africa to retain an interest in the tournament. They’ll need the ball if they are to turn things around though.

80 mins: That certainly would have been that but it was the right call – and confirmed as such by the technology.

Disallowed goal!

79 mins: Beerensteyn finds the back of the net after taking it round the keeper and slotting home, but the flag is up, and it won’t count!

76 mins: A sellout attendance of 40,233 is announced on the loudspeaker. Wonderful support.

75 mins: And that will be Van de Donk’s last contribution to this game. She’s pulled off and Damaris Egurrola comes on.

74 mins: Down at the other end, here’s another chance for the Dutch! But Van de Donk, who perhaps should have had a shot herself, lays it off for Beerensteyn instead. But her pass is slightly too heavy and Swart is off her line quickly to save.

73 mins: That’s a great response to going two down. Van Domselaar again proves her worth in the Dutch goal.

72 mins: Oooh! Banyana Banyana go so close to pulling one back! Motlhalo fires a low drive that Van Domselaar is equal to, tipping the ball around the post for a corner!

70 mins: Roord! The Dutch midfielder goes close as her effort takes a deflection past the upright!

69 mins: That was a horror show and so disappointing for Banyana Banyana. What a way to concede. It’s not as if Dutch domination of possession doesn’t warrant a two-goal lead, but what a way to give it.

Goal! Netherlands 2-0 South Africa (Beerensteyn 68)

68 mins: Oh no! A calamitous error from South Africa keeper Kaylin Swart! She allows Beerensteyn’s shot through her hands – a ball she has caught a million times throughout her career – and into the back of the net! The Netherlands have one foot in the quarter-final!

66 mins: South Africa can’t seem to keep possession at the moment. Van de Donk gets a yellow card for a high foot and she will miss the next game against Spain, should the Dutch get through.

64 mins: The game has slowed right down. But hang on, a first-time clearance finds Kgatlana, who speeds onto it and into the box. A well timed challenge just nicks the ball off her foot though. A brief moment of danger for the Dutch.

63 mins: The Netherlands are having to be patient here. They seem happy to play the ball around and bide their time. All the while, South African legs will be tiring.

62 mins: Van der Gragt appears to have taken a blow to the head. The ref runs over to check on her, but she’s OK to continue.

60 mins: More Dutch possession. But the final ball is not there as Beerensteyn’s prod through doesn’t reach another orange shirt.

59 mins: It’s all Netherlands at the moment – South Africa haven’t really found the spark that they had at the end of the second half.

57 mins: Let’s not forget an equaliser could potentially send this tie into extra-time, and penalties. Gulp.

55 mins: That’s a real lifeline for South Africa. You feel that at 2-0 the game might have been beyond them. As it is, they are still in this one. Disappointment for Martens, who did brilliantly to turn on the ball and fire home. But in VAR we have to trust.

Disallowed goal!

54 mins: Martens! The ball is slipped in to Pelova who centres for Martens. The PSG striker does brilliantly to swivel on the ball before finishing past Swart! And the Dutch think they have a crucial 2-0 lead! But there’s a whiff off offside and VAR will check it. Offside it is! And South Africa breathe a sigh of relief!

52 mins: This corner’s not Spitse’s best though and Swart is able to come out and claim easily enough.

51 mins: Martens and Brugts play a neat one-two – it doesn’t come to anything this time but still nice to watch. The Dutch keep coming forward and they win another corner. Danger for South Africa again. Over goes Spitse to take it…

49 mins: Just earlier, the camera cut away to the South African bench, and it was a sad sight to see Mbane on crutches. She’ll be very upset not to be out on the pitch and able to influence this game any further

48 mins: Spitse delivers expertly, Beerenstyn is there and tries to hook it goalwards. But there’s nothing doing this time.

47 mins: An early corner for the Dutch now. Can they start the second half as they did the first?

Second half under way

46 mins: Back under way in Sydney. No changes to tell you about at the break.

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Well, well, well. There’s plenty more to come in this one. The Dutch have dominated possession but have been unable to convert that into goals and lead by just one. And a South African fightback as the half drew to a close showed they are still very much in this – only two excellent saves from Daphne van Domselaar kept their lead intact.

Half-time: Netherlands 1-0 South Africa

45+7 mins: There’s the whistle! The Dutch lead thanks to Jill Roord’s close-range header, but South Africa are still very much in this one at the break.

45+5 mins: Oh no, another South African player hits the deck as Ramalepe and Van de Donk collide. She’s back up soon enough though, much to the relief of Banyana Banyana.

45+3 mins: Swart sets off another counterattack with a confident aerial claim and immediate release. Kgatlana again fashions a shooting chance! Again saved by Van Domselaar! Shongwe can’t follow up on the rebound! But very encouraging signs from South Africa!

45+1 mins: Kgatlana has been South Africa’s brightest player. A real handful for the Dutch defence when able to use her pace. Seven minutes of added time to be played at the end of this half, by the way.

45 mins: Oh! What a chance for South Africa! It stems from a loose Dutch ball in the middle of the park. Kgatlana is released beautifully… she’s clean through on goal! But Van Domselaar makes an excellent save and Kgatlana can’t capitalise on the rebound! What a chance for an equaliser. Heated words are had in the Dutch defence.

43 mins: This is nice approach play from South Africa now. Some neat interchanges involve a number of players. The ball eventually comes to Motlhalo, whose neat footwork opens up a shooting chance. Over the bar this time, but encouraging again from Banyana Banyana.

41 mins: Janssen is over the free-kick… she has a crack on goal but it’s over the bar and Swart is not brought into any further action.

40 mins: Kevin Prince Boateng and Tim Cahill are spotted in the crowd during this break in play. Mbane’s day is over – what a shame. She’s stretchered off the pitch to applause from the crowd. Tiisetso Makhubela will come on to replace her.

39 mins: Mbane gets treatment on the ground as the Dutch plot something from the free-kick. A Mexican wave goes around the stadium. A stretcher is called for Mbane – this isn’t good at all.

38 mins: Martens wins a free-kick in a dangerous area as Mbane makes a clumsy challenge. The South African comes out of the collision worse off though and she appears to be in quite some pain.

37 mins: Brugts again fancies her chances from distance but no dice this time.

36 mins: Kgatlana brings Van Domselaar into action with a crisp strike! That’s what they’re capable of on the break. Kgatlana, who has been bright, fashions as shooting chance after several stepovers bamboozle her marker.

35 mins: The sun is peering out from behind the clouds now, as the Netherlands again find Martens in space in an advanced position through the middle. But the ball is turned over and South Africa break….

33 mins: For all the Dutch possession, you get the feeling South Africa still pose a threat on the break. They have a lot of pace going forward, which could cause problems.

32 mins: Again the Netherlands are happy to spray the ball about and keep the ball while they try to work out how to break down the South African defence.

30 mins: South Africa are indeed going to make a change, but it’s Wendy Shongwe who will come on, not Cesane.

28 mins: Ooh! Close to a second for the Dutch! Van de Donk lets a throw in go past her before swivelling and running into the box. She lets fly! That’s a decent stop by Swart though!



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