African Champions South Africa Beat Italy To Join Nigeria In The Round of 16

South Africa has secured qualification to the Round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Thembi Kgatlana scored a last-gasp winner to give the reigning African champions their first ever Women’s World Cup win with a 3-2 victory over Italy in their final Group G match on Wednesday at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

They join nine-time African champions Nigeria as the second African representative to book a knockout ticket.

Arianna Caruso scored the opener for Italy in the 11th minute, South Africa equalized in the 37th minute following an own goal from Italy’s Benedetta Orsi. South Africa took the lead in the 67th minute after Hilda Magaia converted a pass from Thembi Kgatlana. Arianna Caruso got a brace after she converted from the spot in the 74th minute to draw Italy level.

Racing Louisville FC forward Thembi Kgatlana scored the winner for the African champions in additional minute, it was the second goal for the former African player of the year at the ongoing tournament.

South Africa will face the Netherlands in the Round of 16 on Sunday in Sydney.

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