Group G action at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will commence on Sunday, 23 July 2022 as Sweden face South Africa at the Wellington Regional Stadium. The Blågult have a successful history in this competition, having qualified for all nine editions and claiming medals on four occasions – although they’ve never lifted the elusive trophy.
Ranked third in the world in the latest FIFA rankings, Sweden will feel confident in their abilities and strive to progress to the final – where they stand arguably their best chance yet of finally laying their hands on the grand prize.
Their opponents, the Banyana Banyana, are still relative newcomers on the global stage. South Africa first qualified for the Women’s World Cup in 2019, but the side tasted defeat in all three of their group stage games and were soon sent packing. Since then though, Desiree Ellis has overseen the nation’s transformation – they lifted the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, and will look to improve on their early exit four years ago.
This South African side doesn’t feature very many household names, unlike their Group G rivals. Peter Gerhardsson has one of the strongest attacking trios in the tournament – with Sofia Jakobsson, Fridolina Rolfö and Stina Blackstenius all capable of punishing the South African back line.
Both sides benefit from fully fit squads, which arguably hands Sweden an advantage over their South African counterparts. Not only do Sweden boast the superb aforementioned front three, the likes of Magda Eriksson and Lina Sembrant at the back will put the Banyana Banyana to work.
Sweden: Falk; Bjorn, Sembrant, Eriksson, Andersson; Bennison, Asllani, Angeldahl; Jakobsson, Rolfö, Blackstenius
South Africa: Dlamini; Ramalepe, Mbane, Gamede, Dhlamini; Cesane, Jane, Biyana, Molthalo; Magaia, Seoposenwe
Where can I watch?
Kick-off at the Wellington Regional Stadium is scheduled for 6am UK time on Sunday, 23rd July 2023. The coverage will begin at 5:45am on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. If you’re unable to watch the match, fear not- we’ll have a detailed match report published within minutes of the final whistle.