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Jill Roord nods the Netherlands into the lead. Image: iDiskiTimes

Banyana Banyana eliminated from WWC, left to rue missed chances

Banyana Banyana have been eliminated from the FIFA WWC by an excellent Netherlands side. Here’s our match report from Sydney.

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Jill Roord nods the Netherlands into the lead. Image: iDiskiTimes

Banyana Banyana have been eliminated from the FIFA Women’s World Cup by an excellent Netherlands side. They’ll still be proud of their WWC journey, so here’s a recap of this Round of 16 clash from Sydney.

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Banyana outclassed in the moments that mattered

South Africa struggled to cope with the Dutch pace and passing, especially in the second half. Former Arsenal midfielder Danielle van de Donk, now with Lyon, controlled matters in the centre of the park. Man City playmaker Jill Roord nodded the Netherlands in front after 9 minutes, and the Dutch thought they had doubled their lead 9 minutes into the second period but Lieke Martens’ goal was ruled out by VAR.

Netherlands did get their second goal though. PSG striker Lieke Martens, prolific in her time with Barcelona, was the provider and Juventus forward Lineth Beerensteyn made no mistake with a tidy finish on 68 minutes. There was no way back now in the WWC for South Africa.

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The battle in Sydney. Image: iDiski Times

Missed chances

Thembi Kgatlana, the star of Banyana’s stunning 3-2 win over Italy, had two big chances to score in the first half but was denied by Dutch keeper Daphne van Domselaar. Injuries to central defender Bambanani Mbane and FC Juarez attacker Jermaine Seoponeswe in the first half didn’t help matters, and the Netherlands went on to enjoy more than 70% of the possession. Banyana had their opportunities, though, even having more shots on target (7) than the Dutch’s 6.

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Missed chances came back to haunt Banyana Banyana. Image: @UnplayableZA / Twitter

Arsenal legend not happy

Ian Wright was distraught at Banyana’s defeat and was clearly not impressed by referee Yoshimi Yamashita’s performance. He did keep his Gunners hat on though by saying how happy he was that Dutch star Pelova is on the books of Arsenal.

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Onwards and upwards after fairytale WWC run

Banyana’s players should be proud of their efforts. It’s the first time in history that they’ve reached the knockout stages of a FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament. We’ll be watching a number of big clubs around Europe and the Americas trying to snap up a few of them.

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The history-makers. Image: News 24.

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