World Cup 2023 top plays: South Africa up 1-0 vs. Argentina at halftime


Argentina aims to bounce back in its second match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a match against South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Thursday (live on FS1 and the FOX Sports app).

According to FIFA, Argentina is the No. 28 ranked team in the world, while South Africa is ranked No. 54. Both teams are seeking their first World Cup victory in their country’s history.

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Argentina vs. South Africa


47′: South Africa close again!

The South Africans very nearly put a second on the board, but the ball was just out of reach in front of the net.

Halftime: South Africa up 1-0

Linda Motlhalo drove one home in the 30th minute in what has been the only goal of the match to this point.

45’+7′: Offsides call wipes out 2-0 lead for South Africa

Linda Motlhalo nearly put home a beautiful pass into the box to put the South Africans up 2-0, but was ruled offsides.

43′: The first yellow card is awarded

Kholosa Biyana of South Africa delivered a hard foul and is awarded a yellow card, the first of the match.

39′: South Africa keeping the pressure on Argentina 

South Africa sent a cross into the box and that is just out of reach of the attack.

38′: Argentina off the crossbar! 

The cross into the box hit of the top crossbar and bounced out of the box!

30′: GOAL! VAR Review gives South Africa 1-0 lead!

Linda Motlhalo connected on the pass to the front of the net that gave the Banyana Banyana’s the 1-0 lead!

South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo scores goal vs. Argentina in 30′ | 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

South Africa's Linda Motlhalo scores goal vs. Argentina in 30' | 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

Watch South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo scoring a goal against Argentina in the 30′ in the 2023 Women’s FIFA World Cup.

30′: South Africa nearly converts an amazing pass!

The lead ball into the middle of the field was just out of reach for South Africa

’21: Mama Joy is bringing the energy!

16′: So close! Argentina nearly pulls ahead

Argentina couldn’t seem to find the back of the net this World Cup, but it is getting closer with every try.

1′: And the match is underway


Argentina is ready to get started 

Will one of these teams collect its first World Cup victory?

The “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the match live on Twitter ahead of kickoff.

The cold weather won’t stop South Africa!

Setting the stage

Check out the full schedule for the Women’s World Cup and how to watch each match live here. Find the latest scores here.

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