Spain's Jennifer Hermoso, center, on her way to scoring her teams first goal, on a penalty shot, during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between Spain and South Africa at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Jennifer Hermoso struck two second-half penalties and the substitute Lucía García added a last-minute goal as Spain came from behind to beat South Africa.
Spain, ranked No. 13 in the world, finished last in its group four years ago in Canada, the country's only other appearance in the tournament.
But Jorge Vilda's side looked to be heading toward a shocking defeat thanks to Thembi Kgatlana's 25th-minute strike in Le Havre, only for Janine van Wyk's handball to hand Spain a reprieve - Hermoso taking full advantage from the spot.
Nothando Vilakazi was sent off for a raised boot as she conceded the second penalty, awarded after a VAR review, with Lucia Garcia sealing victory a minute from time. Spain and South Africa are in Group B alongside Germany and China.
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Virginia Torrecilla had a goal disallowed for offside as Spain stepped up the pressure, and it told when Vilakazi recklessly dived in on Garcia, with Hermoso stepping up to complete the comeback.
Gwinn's powerful 66th-minute shot from the edge of the penalty area flew into the left corner.
In an even first half at Roazhon Park, in the Brittany city of Rennes, Germany defender Carolin Simon hit the crossbar and China striker Yang Li hit the post.
A 17-minute first-half blitz guaranteed a strong start to the tournament for Norway, with Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and an own-goal from Osinachi Ohale downing Nigeria. Germany, China, Spain and South Africa are in the same group.