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Jennifer Hermoso strikes twice from spot as Spain beat South Africa

Jennifer Hermoso strikes twice from spot as Spain beat South Africa”

Skipper Janine van Wyk became as soon as punished for a handball for the duration of the box, which seen striker Jennifer Hermoso convert the penalty and levelled the rankings.

It got worse for Banyana on 82 minutes as after checking with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the referee gave Nothando Vilakazi her marching orders while awarding Spain a second penalty, which Hermoso tucked away to complete her brace. Lucia Garcia added the final goal for Spain in the 89th minute.

Earlier, Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half victor as two-time champions Germany opened their campaign by beating China 1-0.

South Africa will be hoping their 7-2 loss to Norway last Sunday in a friendly global will not dampen their morale as they are the lowest ranked side in Group B.

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Gwinn's powerful 66th-minute shot from the edge of the penalty area flew into the left corner.

The sides both struck the woodwork before the deadlock was broken, Yang Li hitting the upright when presented with a fine opportunity to score after opponent Carolin Simon had rattled the bar in a tense clash. China failed to take advantage of pressure they created in the second half.

Germany won their last title in 2007 and next face Spain in Group B on Thursday, while China, runners-up to the United States in 1999, play South Africa on Friday.

A 17-minute first-half blitz guaranteed a strong start to the tournament for Norway, with Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and an own-goal from Osinachi Ohale downing Nigeria.

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



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