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WWC 2023 Day 9: Round-up

Thrilling Showdown with South Africa vs. Argentina Stealing the Spotlight with an Action-Packed Game, While England vs. Denmark Offers Tense Encounter

South Africa vs. Argentina South Africa came pretty close to securing their first-ever Women's World Cup win with a two-goal lead, but as always, Argentina fought back hard, resulting in a 2-2 draw. Despite the draw, it was still quite the achievement for South Africa, earning their first World Cup point since their debut back in 2019.

The opener for South Africa was somewhat unconventional as Thembi Kgatlana appeared to be in an offside position when making her run. Argentina's defenders didn't react fast enough, assuming she was offside, but VAR soon declared otherwise. One of the Argentina defenders had not fully crossed Kgatlana before the ball was played, resulting in "Banyana Banyana" being launched into the lead.

South Africa's confidence continued to grow when Kgatlana scored yet again in the 66th minute. However, Argentina mounted an impressive comeback, scoring two goals in just five minutes. Sophia Braun in the 74th minute and Romina Núñez in the 79th minute, once again putting a dampener on South Africa's tournament hopes...

As a result, both teams now face the challenge of needing a win, and possibly additional help from other teams and their results, in their last group stage matches to advance to the knockout rounds. South Africa will face Italy, while Argentina will take on Sweden—both games where they are expected to be huge underdogs walking in. England vs. Denmark

Lauren James' early sixth-minute goal was enough for England to secure a narrow 1-0 victory. However, the win came at a cost as star midfielder Keira Walsh suffered what appears to be a leg injury in the 35th minute and had to be stretchered off the field.

Despite the injury setback, England still continued to control the majority of the contest, maintaining possession and limiting Denmark's chances. Denmark did have a late opportunity to bag the equalizer when Amalie Vangsgaard hit the post with a header in the 87th minute, but unfortunately to no avail for "De rød-hvide"

With this victory, England has secured six points and their spot in the knockout rounds. On the other hand, Denmark needs at least a draw against Haiti in their final group match to have any chance of advancing...

China vs. Haiti The resilient 10-player Chinese team managed to secure a 1-0 victory thanks to a penalty scored by Wang Shuang in the 74th minute. China's Zhang Rui had received a straight red card in the 29th minute, leaving her team with ten players for the remainder of the game.

Despite being a player down, China maintained possession and control of the ball for most of the game. Haiti only managed one shot on goal. The decisive penalty came after a review upheld a foul call on Ruthann Mathurin inside the box.

China will face England in their final group match, with England already guaranteed a spot in the knockout rounds. Haiti's path to the knockout stage is more challenging, as they must defeat Denmark and hope for a China loss while also improving their goal differential compared to both teams.

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