South Africa and China will both be looking for their first win of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 when they meet in round 2 at Parc des Princes.
South Africa: 49
China were looking good for a point until Germany teenage midfielder Giulia Gwinn popped up with a sublime effort from the edge of the box in the 66th minute. That was the only goal of the match as two-time world champions beat the 1999 beaten finalists 1-0.
South Africa have only themselves to blame for their 3-1 defeat against Spain in their opening game. Lacklustre defending and poor positions all played a big part in La Roja’s three goals in the last 19 minutes, with two coming from the boots of Jennifer Hermoso from the penalty kick. Earlier it was Banyana who took the lead through Thembi Kgatlana’s brilliant curler in the 25th minute.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 match will be played between South Africa and China at Parc des Princes, in Paris, France. The ground has a capacity of 47,929. The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Friday, June 14.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches) South Africa – L L D L L L China – W L L L L L
South Africa Team News:
Nothando Vilakazi was sent for her two yellow card offence and will be serving a one-game ban here.
With Vilakazi suspended, Leandra Smeda is expected to start at left-back in Game-2.
Twenty-year-old Linda Motlhalo started the match brilliantly but soon faded as Spain took control of the proceedings. She did enough to be amongst the playing 11 for the 2nd game, though. If the manager does decide to bench her, Busisiwe Ndimeni could replace her in the playing 11.
Probable XI: Andile Dlamini (GK), Leandra Smeda, Noko Matlou, J. van Wyk, L. Ramalepe, Refiloe Jane, Kholosa Biyana, Linda Motlhalo / Busisiwe Ndimeni, Ode Fulutudilu, Thembi Kgatlana
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China squad for the world cup:
Goalkeepers: Bi Xiaolin, Xu Huan, Peng Shimeng
Defenders: Wu Haiyan, Li Jiayue, Wang Yan, Liu Shanshan, Lin Yuping, Wang Ying, Li Wen
Midfielders: Yao Wei, Luo Guiping, Han Peng, Tan Ruyin, Zhang Rui, Liu Yanqiu
Forwards: Wang Shuang, Yang Li, Lou Jiahui, Gu Yasha, Li Ying, Song Duan
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Striker Yang Li was invisible in the 2nd half against Germany, but don’t expect her to be dropped for South Africa game. Though, Siong Duan will be pushing for a starting berth.
Probable XI: Shimeng Peng (GK), Liu Shanshan, Lin Yuping, Wu Haiyan, Wu Haiyan, Han Peng, Gu Yasha, Yao Wei, Zhang Rui, Lou Jiahui, Wang Shanshan, Yang Li
Potential Game Changers: Dream11 points earned in the last game
Thembi Kgatlana – 11 Zhang Rui – 3.5 Linda Motlhalo – 6 Wu Haiyan – 4 Han Peng – 4