2023 Women’s World Cup live updates: Netherlands takes 1-0 first-half lead over South Africa

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup continues Saturday (on FOX and the FOX Sports app) with Group E winner the Netherlands taking on South Africa in a round of 16 clash at Sydney Football Stadium in Australia.

The Netherlands, which checked in at No. 2 in our latest World Cup power rankings, won its group thanks to a 1-0 victory over Portugal, a 1-1 draw against the heavyweight United States, and a 7-0 drubbing of Vietnam in its group stage finale. 

On the other side, South Africa advanced to the knockouts thanks to a dramatic 3-2 upset over Italy on Thursday — the country’s first World Cup victory all-time — to finish the group stage.

The Netherlands is hoping to one-up its 2019 World Cup showing (finished runner-up to the USWNT), while South Africa will hope to take advantage of its World Cup knockout stage debut and build on that momentum.

Follow our live coverage below!

Netherlands vs. South Africa 


36′: Esmee Brugts‘ long strike is saved

Brugts is no stranger to scoring from distance, but Kaylin Swart calmly saved this try.

34′: Another great South African chance!

Thembi Kgatlana had another spectacular run with possession and got a clean shot on goal, but Netherlands’ Daphne Van Domselaar laid out for the save.

30′: Early sub for South Africa

28′: Kick save and a beauty!

Netherlands nearly had its second goal, but Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Kaylin Swart prevented that in spectacular fashion.

26′: South Africa still creating chances

Thembi Kgatlana makes another great run but is unable to find a teammate in the box.

12′: Close to an equalizer!

South Africa has created some early chances, including off this run from Thembi Kgatlana.

9′: Netherlands strikes first!

Star midfielder Jill Roord uses a header to score off a save from South Africa goalkeeper Kaylin Swart, and Oranje Leeuwinnen are off to another early lead in this World Cup. Rood is now the Netherlands’ all-time leader in women’s World Cup goals with five.

Netherlands’ Jill Roord scores goal vs. South Africa in 9′

1′: Away we go!


Setting the stage

The “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the match live on social media ahead of kickoff…

… and Chris “The Bear” Fallica offered his best bets for the overnight slate.

Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica gives his best bets for Sweden vs. United States in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Check out the full Women’s World Cup schedule and how to watch each match live here. Find the latest scores here.

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