South African Women National team Banyana Banyana lost 2-1 to Belgium in the 5th/6th place play-off of the Cyprus Women’s Cup at the GSZ Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus on Wednesday, 7 March.
Even though they were just playing for the 4th/5th position but these to team gave each other a very aggressive match.In the 13th minute Noko Matlou found herself face to face with the opposition goalkeeper but her shot was saved.
In the 19th minute Noko found the back of the net to give South Africa a 1-0 lead.
In the 33rd minute the Banyana Banyana defence was caught napping, and Belgium captain Tessa Wullaerts punished them with a well-taken shot, that hit the top corner of the net and the score was 1-1.
The Europeans were now dictating terms, with South Africa chasing the shadows. They could have scored in the 83rd if Yana had kept her composure after she beat her marker, she ballooned her shot with the keeper at her mercy.
But she did make up for it with four minutes left on the clock she was unmarked in the box and met a beautiful cross with a great header to beat Swart and give Belgium a 2-1 lead.
This was South Africa’s first loss in the tournament, and also the first time they conceded goals.
The final between Spain and Italy was scheduled for later in the evening.
The South Africans return home on Friday, 9 March and expected to land at the OR Tambo International Airport at 10h35.