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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. ‘Sweden can challenge anyone’

    Sweden 0-0 South Africa

    Sue Smith

    Former England international on BBC Two

    Sweden are definite favourites and they have a reputation of going deep into tournaments. On a good day, they can challenge anyone.

    South Africa will take confidence from being African champions and will use their pace on the counter so it’s quite an interesting match up today.


    Sweden 0-0 South Africa (06:00 BST)

    It’s a rainy afternoon in Wellington and away we go for day four of the Fifa Women’s World Cup.

    Sweden get us going.

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  4. First World Cup match between the two

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Sweden and South Africa will meet for the fifth time and for the first time at the Women’s World Cup.

    Sweden are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with South Africa (won three, drew one), keeping a clean sheet in the most recent three but the only draw in that span came the last time they faced each other (0-0 in January 2019).

  5. ‘Now or never for Sweden’

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Jonas Eidevall

    Arsenal manager on BBC Two

    I think there have been some remarkable performances for a country like Sweden to be able in a global sport like football who have come so far in so many global tournaments.

    You have two golden generations in Sweden. The players born 93′ and the players born 96′ 97′. Both were crowned Under-19 champions. They are at an age where they can perform really well.

    Maybe it’s now or never for them to win a tournament together.

  6. Familiar faces

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Magdalena Eriksson

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    Image caption: Magdalena Eriksson won the WSL title five times and the Women’s FA Cup four times during an incredible six-season spell at Chelsea

    Nine of Sweden’s starting XI either play or have played for teams in the Women’s Super League – with the only two who haven’t being Barcelona striker Fridolina Rolfo and Hacken midfielder Elin Rubensson.

    Their side includes Arsenal pair Amanda Ilestedt and Stina Blackstenius, Chelsea’s Zecira Musovic and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Everton’s Nathalie Bjorn and Manchester City’s Filippa Angeldahl.

    Everton’s Hanna Bennison and Arsenal’s Lina Hurtig are also among the substitutes.

    Magdalena Eriksson was Chelsea’s WSL title-lifting captain last season but is now at Bayern Munich, Jonna Andersson is another former multiple WSL winner at Chelsea, while Kosovare Asllani won the WSL in her one season with Manchester City back in 2016.

  7. Team news

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Sweden starting XI

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    It is a Sweden team packed full of WSL players, including Chelsea goalkeeper Zecira Musovic, defenders Nathalie Bjorn and Amanda Ilestedt, at Everton and Arsenal respectively, Manchester City midfielder Filippa Angeldahl and forwards Johanna Rytting Kaneryd and Stina Blackstenius – from Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.

    Sweden XI: Musovic, Andersson, Eriksson, Ilestedt, Bjorn, Asllani, Angeldal, Rolfo, Kaneryd, Rubensson, Blackstenius

    South Africa starting line up

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    Thembi Kgatlana will be key for South Africa. She scored her country’s first – and so far only – goal on the World Cup stage when she put Banyana Banyana ahead against Spain in Le Havre in 2019.

    South Africa XI: Swart, Ramalepe, Gamede, Mbane, Holweni, Motlhalo, Kgatlana, Seoposenwe, Jane, Biyana, Magaia.

  8. Warm ups under way

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Fridolina Rolfo warms up for Sweden.

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    South Africa players begin their warm up.

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  9. Watch live

    BBC Two

    We are live on BBC Two so press the play button at the top of this page to watch our team of Former England internationals Alex Scott and Rachel Brown-Finnis, along with Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall.

  10. Rachel’s prediction

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Ex-England goalkeeper on BBC Two

    Seven out of the eight quarter-finalists at the 2019 World Cup were European teams and it feels like this tournament could go a similar way.

    Five of the top six-ranked teams in the world are from Europe, and Sweden are one of them.

    We know how strong they are, and it’s hard to look past them in this game, as well as who will get out of this group. South Africa might struggle to keep them quiet. 3-0.

  11. ‘Blackstenius will be key for Sweden’

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Jonas Eidevall

    Arsenal manager on BBC Two

    Sweden have been one of the overperforming teams in recent years. There’s constantly a threat on the counter, but also they have great structure and organisation, both offensively and defensively.

    They are very strong from set pieces, especially offensively, which is key if you want to go deep in these tournaments.

    I think this Swedish team is probably the weakest one we have seen in a few years, and honestly I don’t have any expectations of them making it to the final this time.

    As a player Stina Blackstenius is so good at running in behind sides and stretching them, creating space for the rest of the team. She will be a key player for them.

  12. Atmosphere building

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    Sweden fans arrive at the stadium for the match with South Africa.

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    A South Africa fan raises his arms and cheers as he arrives for the match.

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    Sweden fans arrive at the stadium for the match with South Africa.

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    A Sweden fan holds aloft a scarf as he walks to the stadium.

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    A young South Africa fan holds aloft a flag as he arrives at the stadium.

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  13. South Africa look to create history and a World Cup shock

    Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)

    South Africa

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    South Africa will take part in their second Women’s World Cup after making their debuts in 2019 when they lost all three games.

    They qualified for this World Cup by winning the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nation, their first ever title in the competition, and are currently ranked 54th in the world – 51 places below their opponents today.

  14. Welcome along to day four

    Rise and shine.

    It’s an early start to day four of the Fifa Women’s World Cup and what a day it promises to be with the 2019 runners-up Netherlands and 2019 semi-finalists Sweden in action today, before Manchester City striker Khadija Shaw and her Jamaica side will be looking to stun France later on.

    This is what we have coming up today…

    • Group G – Sweden v South Africa (06:00 BST)
    • Group E – Netherlands v Portugal (08:30 BST)
    • Group F – France v Jamaica (11:00 BST).

    We start off in Wellington and you can watch Sweden v South Africa live on BBC Two from 05:45 BST.

    Sweden, Netherlands, France

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  15. Is this Sweden’s year?

    Sweden are ranked third in the world and they have come so close to World Cup glory.

    They lost in the 2003 final and have finished third three times – in 1991, 2011 and 2019 – so will they go a step further this year and get their hands on the trophy?

    Today they take on a South Africa side looking to make some history and claim their first ever match victory at a World Cup.

    Stina Blackstenius

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    Image caption: Sweden beat England in the third-fourth play-off at the 2019 World Cup


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