Ilestedt scores late as Sweden beat South Africa

Amanda Ilestedt scored a last-minute winner as Sweden beat South Africa at the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Wellington.

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations champions came close to picking up their first point at a World Cup, having lost all three matches on their only previous appearance in 2019.

South Africa opened the scoring with a 48th-minute goal from Hildah Magaia, but it was cancelled out by a deflected Frida Rolfo effort before Ilestedt’s decisive header.

Sweden top Group G, with Argentina and Italy to meet on Monday.

South Africa almost took an early lead when captain Refiloe Jane saw Sweden goalkeeper Zecira Musovic off her line and attempted an audacious strike from 40 yards out, with the ball ending up on the roof of the net.

While Desiree Ellis’ side impressed on the counter-attack, Sweden – ranked third in the world – struggled to create clear-cut chances, and Filippa Angeldal forced the only save from Kaylin Swart in the first half with a tame effort from a free-kick routine.

South Africa raced out of the blocks after the break, finding the opener when Musovic could only parry Thembi Kgatlana’s deflected shot into the path of Magaia, who ran the ball into the net for her nation’s second World Cup goal.

Magaia was absent from her team’s celebrations, injuring herself as she bundled the ball into the net, and was substituted shortly after.

As Sweden committed more players forward in search for an equaliser, South Africa enjoyed more counter-attacking opportunities and continued to look the more threatening side.

But their hard work was cancelled out when Rolfo’s touch from Johanna Kaneryd’s cross was deflected by Lebohang Ramalepe into her own goal.

Peter Gerhardsson’s side continued to push forward but were denied by solid South Africa defending until Kosovare Asllani’s corner was met by Ilestedt with a strong header.

Player of the match

AsllaniKosovare Asllani

with an average of 8.36


  1. Squad number9Player nameAsllani

  2. Squad number11Player nameBlackstenius

  3. Squad number13Player nameIlestedt

  4. Squad number19Player nameRytting Kaneryd

  5. Squad number16Player nameAngeldahl

  6. Squad number23Player nameRubensson

  7. Squad number18Player nameRolfö

  8. Squad number8Player nameHurtig

  9. Squad number6Player nameEriksson

  10. Squad number15Player nameBlomqvist

  11. Squad number14Player nameBjörn

  12. Squad number2Player nameAndersson

  13. Squad number22Player nameSchough

  14. Squad number1Player nameMusovic

  15. Squad number20Player nameBennison

  16. Squad number17Player nameSeger

South Africa

  1. Squad number9Player nameSalgado

  2. Squad number10Player nameMotlhalo

  3. Squad number13Player nameMbane

  4. Squad number19Player nameBiyana

  5. Squad number2Player nameRamalepe

  6. Squad number8Player nameMagaia

  7. Squad number15Player nameJane

  8. Squad number11Player nameKgatlana

  9. Squad number12Player nameSeoposenwe

  10. Squad number1Player nameSwart

  11. Squad number3Player nameGamede

  12. Squad number18Player nameHolweni

  13. Squad number22Player nameKgoale



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Musovic
  • 14Björn
  • 13Ilestedt
  • 6Eriksson
  • 19Rytting KanerydSubstituted forHurtigat 88′minutes
  • 16AngeldahlSubstituted forBennisonat 67′minutes
  • 23RubenssonSubstituted forSegerat 81′minutes
  • 2Andersson
  • 9Asllani
  • 18RolföSubstituted forSchoughat 67′minutes
  • 11BlacksteniusSubstituted forBlomqvistat 67′minutes


  • 3Sembrant
  • 4Lennartsson
  • 5Sandberg
  • 7Janogy
  • 8Hurtig
  • 10Jakobsson
  • 12Falk
  • 15Blomqvist
  • 17Seger
  • 20Bennison
  • 21Enblom
  • 22Schough

South Africa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Swart
  • 2Ramalepe
  • 13Mbane
  • 3Gamede
  • 18Holweni
  • 12Seoposenwe
  • 15JaneBooked at 89mins
  • 19BiyanaBooked at 74mins
  • 8MagaiaSubstituted forSalgadoat 56′minutes
  • 10MotlhaloSubstituted forKgoaleat 67′minutes
  • 11Kgatlana


  • 4Matlou
  • 5Magama
  • 6Cesane
  • 7Dhlamini
  • 9Salgado
  • 14Makhubela
  • 16Dlamini
  • 17Kgadiete
  • 20Moodaly
  • 21Moletsane
  • 22Kgoale
  • 23Shongwe

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Sweden 2, South Africa 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Sweden 2, South Africa 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Caroline Seger (Sweden) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonna Andersson with a cross.

  4. Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Nomvula Kgoale.

  5. Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Nomvula Kgoale.

  6. Attempt blocked. Jonna Andersson (Sweden) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rebecka Blomqvist.

  7. Rebecka Blomqvist (Sweden) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Foul by Lebohang Ramalepe (South Africa).

  9. Attempt saved. Bambanani Mbane (South Africa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nomvula Kgoale with a cross.

  10. Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Nathalie Björn.

  11. Attempt blocked. Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Refiloe Jane.

  12. Foul by Rebecka Blomqvist (Sweden).

  13. Lebohang Ramalepe (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Attempt missed. Nomvula Kgoale (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thembi Kgatlana.

  15. Goal! Sweden 2, South Africa 1. Amanda Ilestedt (Sweden) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kosovare Asllani with a cross following a corner.

  16. Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Bambanani Mbane.

  17. Refiloe Jane (South Africa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Caroline Seger (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Refiloe Jane (South Africa).

  20. Substitution, Sweden. Lina Hurtig replaces Johanna Rytting Kaneryd.

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