World Cup roundup: Spain survives South Africa

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Jennifer Hermoso scored on two penalty kicks and Spain came from behind tospoil South Africa’s Women’s World Cup debut with a 3-1 win on Saturday in LeHavre, France.

South Africa took the early lead when Thembi Kgatlana scored in the 25thminute, but Hermoso converted two second-half spot kicks after a handball(69th minute) and a late challenge by Nothando Vilakazi (82nd minute).

Vilakazi received a second yellow card for that penalty and the 10-playerSouth African side conceded Spain’s third goal on a shot by Lucia Garcia inthe 89th minute.

Germany 1, China 0

Teenager Giulia Gwinn’s 66th-minute blast from the edge of the box liftedtwo-time champion Germany to a 1-0 victory in Rennes, France.

The 19-year-old midfielder’s tally extended Germany’s unbeaten run to 13matches, the longest of any team competing in the tournament.

Group B play continues with Germany facing Spain on Wednesday and China takingon South Africa on Thursday.

Norway 3, Nigeria 0

Three goals in the first 37 minutes, the last of which was an own goal byNigerian fullback Osinachi Ohale, lifted the Norwegians to a comfortablevictory and a tie with France atop Group A.

Midfielder Guro Reiten tallied first in the 17th minute with a deflected shotafter Norway played short from a corner kick. In the 34th minute, forwardLisa-Marie Utland doubled the advantage with a rocket that went over Nigeriankeeper Tochukwu Oluehi and kissed the underside of the crossbar.

In the 37th minute, forward Isabell Herlovsen played a dangerous cross toUtland, who might well have scored on her own if Ohale hadn’t intervened witha jumping kick that sent the ball into her own net.