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China beat S. Africa to set up clutch Spain test

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China striker Li Ying scored the only goal in a crucial 1-0 victory over South Africa in a women's World Cup Group B clash at the Parc des Princes on Thursday, a result that ensured Germany and France progress to the second round.

Debutants South Africa are now likely out of contention after two defeats, but China face a do-or-die final pool match against Spain on Monday, when they will need victory to progress given their inferior goal difference.

They might have put themselves in the driving seat...

Spain come from behind to beat South Africa

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Spain rallied for a win in their World Cup opener on Saturday.

Jennifer Hermoso netted two second-half penalties and substitute Lucia Garcia added a last-minute goal as Spain came from behind to beat South Africa 3-1 at the Women's World Cup on Saturday.

Hermoso tucked away spot-kicks in the 69th and 82nd minutes to give Spain a winning start to their Group B campaign after South Africa, in their maiden appearance at the finals, took a surprise first-half lead.

The first penalty came after a handball by South Africa captain Janine van Wyk and the second after...

World Cup time for Banyana Banyana to shine - Ellis

When South Africa played their first women's international after readmission to global football in 1993, they were captained by diminutive midfielder Desiree Ellis, who carried the country into a fresh era for female footballers.

Now, 26 years on, Ellis is coach of Banyana Banyana and tasked with leading the team into a brave new dawn as they debut at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Ellis has succeeded where many before her failed, coaching South Africa on the game's greatest stage after decades...

2019 Women's World Cup team previews: South Africa

South Africa will make its Women's World Cup debut in 2019, as Desiree Ellis' side are one of four first-timers this summer in France. South Africa faces an uphill battle in a group with traditional powers Germany and China and upstarts Spain. But qualification was a huge success for South Africa and a sign of progress regarding women's football in the country.

How they got here

South Africa qualified for France 2019, thanks to its...

Kgatlana headlines Banyana squad for Women's World Cup

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis named a 23-player squad headlined by African Women's Footballer of the Year Thembi Kgatlana for the women's World Cup in France next month.

The pacey Kgatlana is the chief attacking threat for the side and plays in China with Beijing BG Phoenix, along with national team-mate, midfielder Linda Motlhalo.

Both were at Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League last year, and it will be their, and indeed the country's, first World Cup.

As was veteran Janine van...