Sweden came from a goal down to beat South Africa 2-1 in their opening Group G encounter of the the on going 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
As it has been for most of the games so far, the opening half was as cagey as ever as both teams cancelled each other. The closest any of the teams could get as per grabbing the game’s opener fell to SA’s Refiloe Jane, whose effort from30 yards dropped on top of the swedish net inside the first half hour.
However, the second half started on a much brighter note as the African Champions went ahead three minutes after the restart. Hildah Magaia was the scorer of what turned out to be only their 2nd ever World Cup goals.
Sweden fought their way back into the contest played at the Sky Stadium in Wellington just five minutes shy of the hour mark courtesy of an effort from Fridolina Rolfo after capitalizing on a mistake from SA’s Lebohang Ramalepe.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup bronze medalist eventually sealed the points with a late finish from Arsenal bound Amanda Ilestedt. The win took them to the top of the Group G standing pending the outcome of the group’s other game between Italy and Argentina tomorrow.