The South African has bettered her goalscoring exploits for Beijing Phoenix in 2019, because of her comfort towards Madrid
Eibar striker Thembi Kgatlana has damaged her private file for the variety of targets scored in a single season.
Kgatlana was on course for Eibar throughout their 3-1 defeat towards Madrid CFFin a Spanish Primera Iberdrola sport on Sunday.
The South Africa worldwide made her 15th league begin this time period within the colors of the Spanish top-flight newcomers however her efforts couldn’t save her facet from a 12th defeat of the season.
Kgatlana signed from SL Benfica in the summertime of 2020, after a season within the Chinese language Girls’s Tremendous League, the place she netted 9 instances for Beijing Phoenix earlier than transferring to Portugal.
Though the Banyana Banyana star didn’t win silverware in her season within the Chinese language capital, her particular person contributions performances helped Beijing to a mid-table end in 2019.
Since her transfer to Spain, the South African has confirmed herself to be a prolific goalscorer regardless of turning out for a lowly-rated Eibar.
Apart from the sport, the ahead had equalled her private finest in a season, scoring her facet’s considerably comfort purpose in a 2-1 defeat at Tenerife precisely a month in the past, hitting her ninth purpose.
Determined to finish a six-match winless run, the guests made a tremendous begin to the duel at Estadio Municipal Nuevo Matapinonera when Kgatlana opened the scoring within the 27th minute of the encounter.
The hosts, nonetheless, staged a fast fightback when Estela Fernandez stage two minutes later courtesy of Geyse’s help earlier than the Brazillian gave Madrid the lead 5 minutes from half-time.
Despite their efforts within the second half, Eibar couldn’t bounce again into the competition as Valeria struck six minutes from time to seal the utmost factors for Oscar Fernandez’s staff.
Regardless of the defeat, the 2018 Africa Girls’s Soccer of the 12 months introduced her tally to 10 targets within the defeat within the Spanish capital
Kgatlana featured for the length as her 27th-minute strike noticed her surpass her best-ever purpose tally in a season in 21 outings this time period.
Apart from Kgatlana, compatriot Noko Matlou was additionally in motion for 68 minutes and Equatorial Guinea’s Ruth Alvarez featured for the final 11 minutes, whereas Nigeria’s Charity Adule was an unused substitute.
For Madrid, Nigeria duo of Rita Chikwelu and Osinachi Ohale had been in motion for the length, whereas Chidinma Okeke was on the bench.
The end result noticed Eibar drop to 11th on the Spanish desk with 22 factors from 22 video games, whereas Madrid moved to fourth with 42 factors from 21 matches – 5 adrift of a Champions League spot.
Eibar will hope to finish their seven-game winless streak towards Espanyol on March 20, whereas Madrid will search to keep up the momentum at Santa Teresa on the identical day.