South Africa vs Italy
Women’s World Cup
2nd August 2023
Preview, analysis and predictions for the Group G Women’s World Cup fixture between South Africa and Italy.
South Africa form analysis
On April 10, South Africa faced Serbia in a friendly that proved to be a goal-fest. In a closely contested match, South Africa fought valiantly but narrowly succumbed to a 2-3 defeat.
Continuing their journey, South Africa encountered Botswana in a friendly match on July 2. Unfortunately, it turned into a challenging day for the South African team, as they faced a dominant Botswana side that fired five goals past their defense without reply.
Seeking a turnaround, South Africa faced Costa Rica in another friendly on July 15. In a determined display, the South African women secured a well-deserved 2-0 victory.
Entering the FIFA Women’s World Cup, South Africa took on Sweden in a tightly contested match on July 23. The South African team demonstrated their fighting spirit, taking an early lead through H. Magaia’s goal in the 48th minute. However, Sweden responded with two goals, and despite a spirited effort, South Africa narrowly fell to a 1-2 defeat.
In their next World Cup match against Argentina on July 28, South Africa faced another intense encounter. South Africa took a commanding two-goal lead through goals from L. Motlhalo and T. Kgatlana. However, Argentina mounted a stunning comeback, equalizing through S. Braun and R. Núñez, resulting in an exciting 2-2 draw.
Italy form analysis
On April 11, Italy engaged in a competitive friendly match against Colombia, clinching a narrow 2-1 victory. The Italian team scored with an early goal from V. Giacinti in the 14th minute, but Colombia fought back and managed to level the score with a well-executed penalty by C. Usme in the 77th minute. Undeterred, Italy persisted with determination, and a late own goal from M. Ramos sealed their triumph.
Continuing their friendly fixtures, Italy faced Morocco on July 1, resulting in a goalless draw. Their subsequent friendly match against New Zealand on July 14 proved to be another closely fought battle, with Italy securing a narrow 1-0 victory, further displaying their competitive spirit.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup saw Italy face Argentina on July 24 in a closely contested match. Italy’s ability to perform under pressure was evident as C. Girelli’s late goal secured a vital 1-0 victory, demonstrating their capability to secure crucial wins in high-stakes matches.
However, Italy faced a formidable challenge on July 29 when they encountered a strong Sweden team in the World Cup. Despite their best efforts, Italy experienced a tough 0-5 defeat, with Sweden showcasing their attacking prowess.
Overall, Italy’s recent performances have showcased their competitive nature and ability to secure important victories in challenging matches. While they have faced setbacks, their resiliency and attacking prowess remain key assets on the international stage.
South Africa vs Italy: Predictions
The Italians suffered a demoralizing defeat against Sweden. However, they should at the least secure a win on qualification in this fixture.
South Africa has shown incredible resilience in this tournament. They are likely to get themselves a goal against a hurt Swedish defense.