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South Africa lose to Sweden in Women’s Olympic football opener

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’s women’s team kicked off their Rio 2016 Olympic football campaign with a loss to, Group E rivals, ; the goal coming as a result of a mistake by the Banyana Banyana goalkeeper.

Sweden started stronger in the opening match, of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, against South Africa. In four minutes, the Swedes had been denied by the crossbar when a chance fell to Sofia Jakobsson.

There were a few more chances that fell Sweden’s way but the South Africans were organized enough to keep the match scoreless. Banyana Banyana, on the other hand, didn’t create too much in the way of scoring opportunities. The most notable thing about them in the first half was an injury to Shiwe Nogwaya, in the 40th minute, who had to be replaced.

They did come back stronger in the second half but Sweden was still able to enjoy more possession. South Africa had dangerous moments from counter-attacks and things began to look really promising for them. Swedish goalkeeper, Hedvin Lindhal had to stop a goal from going in her near-post.

This good period of pressure was undone in the 75th minute when Sweden took the lead. Poor clearance, from a corner-kick, by the South African defence saw defender Nilla Fischer poke home to put her side ahead.

Sweden held on to record a consecutive opening win over South Africa in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. They next play Brazil on Saturday while South Africa will face China, also on the same day.

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