Hermoso tucked away spot-kicks in the 70th and 83rd minutes to give Spain a winning start to their Group B campaign after South Africa, in their first appearance at the finals, took a surprise first-half lead.
However, Desiree Ellis' charges have went through a rough patch since then as they have not won a match this year leading up to their maiden appearance at the Women's World Cup. Earlier, Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half victor as two-time champions Germany opened their campaign by beating China 1-0.
The 19-year-old drove in from the edge of the area to sink a plucky China outfit at Roazhon Park, sending her side top of Group B in the process.
But after securing a World Cup place for the first time, the team has drawn four matches and lost six while scoring only eight goals and conceding a worrying 24. FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: From Teams to Schedule And Venues, All You Need to Know About the Football Mega Event. This football standoff between Spain and South Africa has to be fully exciting.
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South Africa's Bambanani Mbane, left, congratulates teammate South Africa's Thembi Kgatlana after she scored the matchs first goal during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between Spain and South Africa at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, Saturday, June 8, 2019.
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The last Spain's football standoff was versus Poland. South Africa played the last football standoff versus Finland with the score 3: 0. They suffered six defeats and played to three stalemates.