Group A / Women's World Cup

Group A: Canada draws New Zealand, China score late to beat Netherlands

Despite giving up a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to Amber Hearn, Canada held on to a scoreless tie against New Zealand at Commonwealth Stadium on Thursday. The match was delayed after the fourth minute due to heavy rain and lightning in the area.

Hearn’s penalty was the Kiwis’ best chance of the night, rattling the crossbar after Canada keeper Erin McLeod dove in the opposite direction.

A recurring theme in this World Cup, Canada midfielder Sophie Schmidt also struck the crossbar in the 72nd minute. Tancredi found herself one-on-one with New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler but the Kiwi keeper directed the strike off the crossbar. Nayler made six saves in the match to keep Canada off the board.

Canada dominated possession throughout the match, winning the battle 59% to 41% but were unable to use that possession to its advantage. The Reds also outshot New Zealand, 6-1. While Canadian boss John Herdman didn’t get a victory against his former team, he will be content with the draw as Canada is now the lone team at the top of Group A.

Canada (1-0-1; 4 pts) vs. New Zealand (0-1-1; 1 pt)
June 8, 2015- Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada

Scoring by Period  1   2  F
Canada                          0   0  0
New Zealand                0   0   0

Scoring Summary
None

Misconduct Summary
CAN:  Allysha Chapman (caution) 31’
NZL:  Ria Percival (caution) 52’
NZL:  Sarah Gregorius (caution) 71’

Lineups:

CAN: Erin McLeod, Kadeisha Buchanan, Lauren Sesselmann (Carmelina Moscato, 68’), Allysha Chapman, Josee Belanger, Ashley Lawrence, Desiree Scott (Adrianna Leon, 73’) Sophie Schmidt, Jonelle Filigno (Kaylyn Kyle, 63’), Melissa Tancredi, Christine Sinclair

NZL: Erin Nayler, Ria Percival, Katie Duncan, Abby Erceg (C), Rebekah Stott, Ali Riley, Amber Hearn, Sarah Gregorius (Rosie White, 80’), Betsy Hassett (Katie Bowen, 77’), Annalie Longo, Hannah Wilkinson (Jasmine Pereira, 89’)

China 1, Netherlands 0

In a stoppage time thriller, China forward L.S. Wang provided her club with the lone goal of the match to lead China to their first of the tournament over the Netherlands.

Wang found herself on the end of a through ball from Tan Ruyin, beat a defender and rolled a finish into the back of the net. The goal marked China’s first of the World Cup after the nation loss to Canada in the tournament opener.

The Dutch played complacent against China’s strong defense only managing to get eight attempts which only three of which were on target. Salvaging a point would have been a bail out as China outshot the Netherlands with 27 attempts 10 of which were on target. Netherlands  keeper Sari Van Veenendal was kept busy by China’s attack, as the keeper was forced to make eight saves.

Canada sit atop Group A with 4 points, followed by China and the Netherlands with 3 points. New Zealand will take on China on  in a crucial match up that could decide who else exits Group A. Canada can punch their ticket to the next round with a victory over New Zealand.

China (1-1-0; 3 pts) vs. Netherlands (1-1-0; 3 pts)
June 8, 2015- Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada

Scoring by Period  1   2  F
China                            0   1   1
Netherlands                0   0   0

Scoring Summary:
L.S. Wang 90+1’

Lineups:

NED: Sari Van Veenendal, Desiree Van Lunteren, Stefanie Van Der Gragt, Mandy Van Den Berg (C), Petra Hogewoning (Merel Van Dongen, 59’) Manon Melis, Sherida Spitse, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle Van De Donk, Lieke Martens, Tessel Middag (Anouk Dekker, 70’)

CHN: Wang Fei, L. Shanshan, W. Haiyan (C), L. Dongna, W. Shanshan, L. Ying, , Z. Rong, G. Yasha, T. Ruyin, W. Lisi,  L.S. Wang, R. Guixin (Ma Jun, 71’)

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