Spain downs South Africa 3-1 for 1st Women's World Cup win

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FIFA Women's World Cup match report Spain v South Africa

Cape Town - Banyana Banyana relish opened their FIFA Females's World Cup advertising and marketing and marketing campaign with a painful loss to Spain on the Stade Oceane in France on Saturday.

Spain, ranked No 13 in the world, finished last in their group four years ago in Canada, the country's only other appearance in the tournament. She scored another in the 83rd minute after Nothando Vilakazi committed a foul in the penalty area and found herself sent off after the video referee adjudged that she was deserving of a second yellow card.

Thembi Kgatlana, who plays for Chinese club Beijing Phoenix, gave South Africa the shock lead through a right-foot curl-in, before Jennifer Hermoso converted duo penalties for Spain to turn the table.

Virginia Torrecilla had a goal disallowed for offside as Spain stepped up the pressure, and it made its mark when Vilakazi recklessly dived in on Garcia, with Hermoso stepping up to complete the comeback.

Spain was not done there, though, and Garcia capped her impressive cameo with a composed finish to move them top of Group B.

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Teenager Giulia Gwinn's 66th-minute blast from the edge of the box lifted two-time champion Germany to a 1-0 victory in Rennes, France.

South Africa is bottom of Group B and next face China in Paris on Thursday.

The 1995 winners played without Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Fifa Ballon d'Or victor who stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the Norwegian federation treats the men's and women's teams.

Midfielder Guro Reiten tallied first in the 17th minute with a deflected shot after Norway played short from a corner kick. The score was 3: 0.

New Zealand start their tournament with a match against the Netherlands on Wednesday at 1am.

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