By Kyungnam Kim The Netherlands, runners-up at the FIFA Women’s World Cup four years ago, have reached the quarterfinals of the 2023 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
The Netherlands, ranked ninth in the FIFA rankings, defeated South Africa (54th in the FIFA rankings) 2-0 in the round of 16 at the Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday.
The Netherlands, who last reached the final at the 2019 tournament in France but had to settle for a best-ever runner-up finish after losing 0-2 to world No. 1 USA, finished first in Group E (W1 D1 L7).
The Dutch, who reached their third round of 16, defeated South Africa to advance to their second quarterfinal since the World Cup in France.
The Netherlands will face Spain (ranked sixth in the FIFA rankings), who thrashed Switzerland 5-1 the day before, in the quarterfinals on Nov. 11.
South Africa, who crashed out of the group stage after three games at the 2019 tournament in their first appearance, finished second in Group G behind Sweden (3 wins, 9 points) and reached the first round of 16 (1 win, 1 draw, 4 points), but could not get past the Netherlands.
South African forward Magaiga, who plays for Sejong Sports in the South Korean Women’s Professional Soccer WK League, started and played until late stoppage time, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss.
Magaiga has impressed at the tournament, scoring South Africa’s second goal of the Women’s World Cup in the group stage against Sweden.
The Netherlands opened the scoring in the ninth minute through Jill Rohrt.
It was her fourth goal of the tournament, tying her for second on the tournament scoring list with Germany forward Alexandra Pope, whose team was knocked out in the group stage after a 1-1 draw with South Korea.카지노
She is one goal behind top scorer Hinata Miyazawa (Japan-5).
The Netherlands ended South Africa’s hopes of a comeback with a 23rd-minute goal from Linut Beerenstein.