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Banyana Banyana make history to advance to Women’s World Cup knockout stage

Banyana Banyana make history to advance to Women’s World Cup knockout stage
South Africa's Thembi Kgatlana (centre) celebrates after Italy scored an own goal during their Fifa Women's World Cup 2023 soccer group G match, in Wellington, New Zealand, on 2 August, 2023. (Photo: EPA/Ritchie B)

South Africa overcome Italy to reach the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup

A dramatic winner deep into injury time by star striker Thembi Kgatlana gave South Africa a 3-2 win over Italy in their final Group G clash at the Women’s World Cup in Wellington on Wednesday.

The win saw Banyana Banyana advance to the last 16 for the first time at only their second appearance at a World Cup.

South Africa had to come from behind after Italy opened the scoring from a penalty in the 11th minute. DM

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South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana celebrates after Italy scored an own goal during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 soccer group G match between South Africa and Italy, in Wellington, New Zealand, 02 August 2023. (Photo: EPA/RITCHIE B TONGO)

Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa celebrates with teammates after scoring her team’s third goal during the Fifa Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group G match between South Africa and Italy at Wellington Regional Stadium on August 02, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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