Ger­many de­feat Thai­land to ad­vance

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Top- ranked Ger­many beat Thai­land 4- 0 at the Women’s World Cup on Mon­day to claim top spot in Group B.

The Ger­mans fin­ished top on goal dif­fer­ence ahead of Nor­way, which beat Ivory Coast 3-1.

In Group A, host Canada con­ceded a late equal­izer to draw 1-1 against the Nether­lands but still claimed top spot ahead of sec­ond-placed China, which ad­vanced af­ter a 2-2 draw against New Zealand, elim­i­nat­ing the Ki­wis.

The Nether­lands and Thai­land fin­ished third in Groups A and B and will be sweat­ing on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day’s re­sults which will de­ter­mine which four of the six third-placed sides will progress.

Ger­many’s Me­lanie Le­upolz scored the open­ing goal in the 24th minute but the tour­na­ment fa­vorite was re­peat­edly thwarted by Thai goal­keeper Wara­porn Boon­s­ing.

The Ger­mans fi­nally made

it 2-0 on Lena Peter­mann’s header in the 56th minute, and she scored again two min­utes later to ef­fec­tively end the con­test. Sara Daebritz later closed the scor­ing by tap­ping the ball into an open net.

Nor­way’s Ada Hegerberg scored twice to lead her team to a 3-1 win over Ivory Coast and pas­sage to the knock­out stages.

Hegerberg scored the open­ing goal for Nor­way in the 6th minute, beat­ing Ivory Coast goal­keeper Cyn­thia Djo­hore at the near post. Hegerberg added her sec­ond in the 62nd minute, and Solveig Gulbrandsen put Nor­way up 3-0 in the 67th minute.

Ange Ngues­san scored a con­so­la­tion with a boom­ing right-footed blast from well out­side the penalty box in the 71st minute.

Nether­lands sub­sti­tute Kirsten Van De Ven scored in the 87th minute and the Dutch earned a 1-1 draw with host Canada.

Ash­ley Lawrence scored early for Canada, but the Dutch were a threat all night with their coun­ter­at­tack­ing game and de­served the late equal­izer.

A crowd of 45,420 at Olympic Sta­dium saw coach John Herdman make four lineup changes look­ing to boost the po­tency of a side that had not scored from open play in its first two games.

China’s Wang Shan­shan scored on a per­fectly timed header and the Chi­nese ben­e­fited from a ques­tion­able penalty to earn a 2-2 draw against New Zealand.

New Zealand went up 1- 0 through Re­bekah Ash­ley Stott in the 28th minute, but China drew level af­ter Wang Lisi con­verted a penalty awarded for hand­ball against Betsy Has­sett. The re­plays showed the ball hit her chest and head.

China went ahead 2- 1 on Shan­shan’s goal in the 60th minute. New Zealand equal­ized five min­utes later through Han­nah Wilkin­son but they could not find the win­ning goal that would have given the side sec­ond place in the group.

AP

Canada’s Ka­rina LeBlanc, Chris­tine Sin­clair, So­phie Sch­midt, left to right, stop a shot from the Nether­lands’ Sherida Spitse dur­ing the sec­ond half of a FIFA Women’s World Cup soc­cer match in Mon­treal, Que­bec on Mon­day, June 15.

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