• FT

    Australia

    2

    Canada Women

    2

  • FT

    Norway

    7

    Ghana

    2

  • FT

    Brazil

    1

    Denmark

    0

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    China

    2

    New Zealand

    0

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Workers' Stadium

Referee: Dagmar Damkova

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China Women

  • Jie Li 57'
  • Caixia Xie 79'

2 - 0

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China 2-0 New Zealand: Hosts advance

TIANJIN, China -- Li Jie and Xie Caixia scored in the second

half Thursday to lead China to a 2-0 win over New Zealand, setting

up a quarterfinal matchup against Norway on Sunday.

China launched repeated attacks but wasn't able to crack the

gritty New Zealand defense until the 57th minute when Li Jie scored

off a free kick from Zhou Gaoping, heading the ball over keeper

Jenny Bindon.

Xie added another in the 79th minute, deftly outdribbling a

defender and launching a left-footed shot from close range.

Like in its other first-round games against Group D opponents

Brazil and Denmark, the underdog New Zealand squad's scrappy

defense held off repeated scoring drives. China outshot New Zealand

22-5.

Zhang Ouying's shot 50 seconds into the game was deflected out

of bounds by keeper Jenny Bindon, and was followed by numerous

other misses. Near the end of the period, Han Duan outdribbled

several defenders but her shot from 6 yards veered out bounds.

Han's header in the 75th was batted over the goal by Bindon,

followed by a shot a minute later from Ma Xiaoxu that hit the

crossbar.

New Zealand went home scoreless, losing all three of its

first-round games. It's best chance to score in the game came in

the 64th minute, when Zoe Thompson charged at China goalie Zhang

Yanru, but her shot went wide.

Zhang started in goal instead of Han Wenxia, whose mistakes in

China's last game against Brazil contributed to a 4-0 rout.

A boisterous crowd of 56,200 turned out at Tianjin Olympic

Center Stadium to cheer on the home team, setting off flares and

chanting "Two to nothing!" after China's first goal.