Spain 3-1 South Africa; Penalties help see Spain to victory after stunning Kgatlana opener

Spain 3-1 South Africa; Penalties help see Spain to victory after stunning Kgatlana opener

Two penalty goals from forward Jennifer Hermoso, and a third from 20-year-old Lucia Garcia, were enough to ensure Spain didn’t suffer an opening game loss to World Cup newcomers South Africa after an early shock in Le Havre.

Prior to playing in their first ever Women’s World Cup match, South Africa coach Desiree Ellis stressed the seismic differences between the quality of their domestic football league and the standards on display in these finals.

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Football’s ‘cantera’ policy: The last bastions of homegrown talent?

Football’s ‘cantera’ policy: The last bastions of homegrown talent?

The modern game has become a truly international spectacle, especially at the highest levels, with top teams featuring the best athletes from across the globe. Some sides may field full teams that do not feature any players of the nationality of their home country.

However, that’s not the case for all teams.

Across the world’s top divisions, there are a very small handful of clubs actively combating this move away from homegrown, domestic talent. They have chosen to impose voluntary restrictions on the players they can field and sign.

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