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Canada and New Zealand draw blank
 Women's Football News 12 Jun 2015
 
Canada 0 New Zealand 0
Hosts Canada edged closer to a place in the knockout stages as they battled out a fiercely contested goalless draw with New Zealand, who will need to win their last match in order to progress. 
 
Both teams had chances to win an entertaining game but Canada have now failed to score from open play in their two matches so far, whilst New Zealand were left to rue a first half penalty miss by Amber Hearn.
 
The game started in torrential rain in Edmonton and things got even worse just four minutes later, lightning flashed around the ground and the players were taken off the pitch for safety reasons. After a delay of some 32 minutes including warm up time, play finally got underway again once the storm had passed.
 
It was New Zealand who had the first chance of the match on the ten minute mark, when Ria Percival pumped a long free kick into the area for an unmarked Amber Hearn, whose looping header was turned over the bar by Erin McLeod.
 
Canada began to settle down and carved out their best opportunity so far, good work down the left by Melissa Tancredi saw her lay the ball back for Sophie Schmidt whose left foot cross was met by a header from Jonelle Filigno which flew straight at Erin Nayler.
 
Moments later, a beautifully weighted pass by Ashley Lawrence released Christine Sinclair on goal but Nayler came to her side's rescue with a fine save.
 
New Zealand though were to be handed a great chance to open the scoring in the 31st minute when Betsy Hassett's pass into the area picked out Hannah Wilkinson who went down under a challenge from Allysha Chapman. A penalty was awarded but Hearn's kick crashed against the face of the bar.
 
Canada did get the ball in the net on the stroke of half time but Tancredi had crept into an offside as she prodded home from a Filigno header.
 
The host side started the second half brightly and went close to taking the lead when a ball into the area by Chapman was only half headed away and Sinclair's volley was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Nayler. New Zealand went straight on the attack and Annalie Longo won a header in the area for Hearn to hook a shot inches wide.
 
A Schmidt free kick into the area almost dipped over a back pedalling Nayler but the ball bounced back off the bar. Sinclair then produced a good pass to find Tancredi in space but she appeared to lose her footing as she shot and Nayler saved comfortably.
 
Sinclair shot wide after Josee Belanger did well to cut the ball back from the right but despite the efforts of both teams, neither could break the deadlock and they had to settle for a point apiece to take into their final matches. 
 
Canada: Erin McLeod, Josee Belanger, Allysha Chapman, Lauren Sesselmann (sub Carmelina Moscato 68mins), Kadeisha Buchanan, Sophie Schmidt, Ashley Lawrence, Melissa Tancredi, Jonelle Filigno (sub Kaylyn Kyle 63mins), Christine Sinclair, Desiree Scott (sub Adriana Leon 73mins).

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

Player of the match: Erin Nayler.


 
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