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New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands – 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group A Live Text

All Times in British Summer Time (BST).

FULL TIME – New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands

Lieke Martens’ wonder goal wins the Dutch all three points, and makes things hard for New Zealand who have to win their next match against Canada to have a chance of qualifying. I will be back tomorrow at 6pm for Norway vs Thailand.

90+4 mins

Great play by Ali Riley down the left, and her cross is flicked on by Wilkinson, but she has too much power to find Amber Hearn. Wilkinson then has a 25 yard shot blocked.


Kirsten van de Ven replaces goal-scorer Lieke Martens.

89 mins

Tessel Middag has a curling effort from 25 yards, which lacks the power, and Nayler catches well.

87 mins

New Zealand are dominating things, but they are struggling to find the final pass.


Tessel Middag replaces Anouk Dekker.


Wilkison is played into the box, and goes down under Lieke Martens’ challenge. New Zealand appeal for a penalty, but the referee ignores.


Shanice van de Sanden replaces Vivianne Miedema.

81 mins

Jasmine Pereria beats a defender, before her hopeful efforts goes well wide of the near post

78 mins

Betsy Hassett beats a player before her long distance effort is easily saved by Geurts low down. Hassett never got enough power on that shot.

78 mins

Lovely interchange between Dekker and Melis down the right, but Melis’ cross goes out of play.

76 mins

Yet again, New Zealand have a corner. Percival’s outswinging corner hits Wilkinson and goes goalward, but Desiree van Lunteren hooks the ball clear.


Ex-Man City player Betsy Hassett replaces Katie Bowen.

71 mins

The Dutch break with Martens in a similar position to where she scored, but she tries to pass to Spitse which Abby Erceg intercepted.

68 mins

Percival launches the corner, curling towards the keeper but the referee decides Geurts was fouled.


Jasmine Perira replaces Sarah Gregorius.

66 mins

New Zealand won a free-kick on the right-wing, about 20 yards from the goal-line. Percival’s delivery is cleared, but they eventually win a corner.

65 mins

Katie Bown takes the free-kick, but once again the Dutch defence deals with the danger.

64 mins – YELLOW CARD

Lieke Martens gets a booking for a high challenge of Ria Percival.

63 mins

Another New Zealand corner, as the Ferns crowd the keeper. Geurts does spill the corner, but the Dutch defence reacts quickly to clear.

58 mins

More urgency from New Zealand and they have another corner. Percival’s ball goes over everyone, and the keeper, falls to Sarah Gregorious, but before she is about to score, the referee notices she had controlled with her arm.

56 mins

New Zealand has a corner. Percival’s ball is deep where Erceg has a shot, but it hits a crowd of players. There was no real threat.

54 mins

New Zealand have a corner on the right-wing. Percival’s delivery is comfortably cleared by the Dutch.

53 mins

Manon Melis does brilliantly do beat Abi Riley and cross, but the ball is claimed brilliantly by Nayler.

51 mins

Martens wins the first corner of the second half with great skill. Sherida Spitse’s corner hits the first woman, and goes behind for another corner. This time Spitse’s ball is claimed well by Nayler.


The Netherlands kick-off the second half.

HALF-TIME New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands

Netherlands go into half-time in the lead thanks to Lieke Martens’ sublime finish, but New Zealand have shown enough to suggest they could get an equaliser. The Dutch keeper Loes Geurts’ small height could prove a problem from set pieces and high balls.

45 mins

Annalie Longo breaks into the box and gets to the bye-line, but her cross back is caught by Geurts.

44 mins

Netherlands have had 60% of possession so far, but most importantly they have the important goal.

43 mins

Netherlands have a free-kick 30 yards from goal, just right of centre, and close enough for the magic spray to be used. van der Berg takes a deflection in the box and eventually New Zealand clear the ball.

39 mins

Hannah Wilkson’s right wing cross caused Geurts trouble on her line but parries it down into the ground before claiming.

38 mins

New Zealand have a penalty appeal as Amber Hearn goes down under van den Berg’s pressure, and it would have been very harsh if it had been given.

34 mins

Nearly a second as a long ball is played towards Melis, but her first time effort sails over.

33 mins – GOAL New Zealand 0-1 NETHERLANDS (Martens)

Netherlands get their firs goal in a Women’s World Cup. Lieke Martens picks up the ball, takes one touch before her 20 yard effort curled past the despairing dive of Nayler into the bottom right corner. Wonderful goal.

32 mins

New Zealand launch the free-kick from 40 yards, but Geurts is out to punch clear.

32 mins – YELLOW CARD

van de Donk gets a yellow card for a high challenge on Katie Hoyle.

30 mins

van de Donk’s delightful chipped ball sends Miedema into the box, but Nayler is off her line quickly to claim the ball.


New Zealand corner. Percival’s reaches Stott at the far post, whose cross into the box where Geurts claims the ball, before Hannah Wilkinson pushes the keeper into the box with an elbow. The referee quite rightly rules the goal out for a blatant foul on the keeper.

22 mins – CLOSE

The first Dutch corner. van den Berg’s delivery is played into the six-yard box where Stefanie van der Gragt’s header just goes wide of the far post.

20 mins – CLOSE

Desiree van Lunteren fouls Rebekah Stott in a dangerous area on the left wing. Ria Percival swings it towards the top right corner, but Loes Geurts reacts brilliantly to claw the ball away from danger.

19 mins

Another New Zealand corner. Percival’s delivery looks like it was picking out Amber Hearn, but a Dutch defender clears it.

18 mins

Manon Melis’ brilliant cross looks like it was picking out Miedema, but she is denied by Nayler’s super punch.

16 mins

New Zealand corner taken by Ria Percival is cleared.

14 mins

A long ball looking for Vivianne Miedema finds her, but Nayler is there to clear well outside her box.


A header down by Materns sends Danielle van de Donk into the box, and she chips the ball over the keeper and into the net, but the assistant rules it out for offside.

11 mins

Annalie Longo beats her defender shooting from 25 yards, and her curling effort is held by Loes Geurts. Then Netherlands go up the other end with Lieke Martens shooting from 25 yards straight at Erin Nayler.

10 mins

Mandy van den Berg makes a mess of her clearance and it falls to Annalie Longo, but her effort hit Anouk Dekker’s head. Best chance so far.

7 mins

A pass-back by Ali Riley is nearly chased down but New Zealand’s keeper Erin Nayler cleared.

2 mins

New Zealand are making their third successive World Cup appearance but have yet to win a match, whilst Netherlands are making their debut. New Zealand qualified at ease, winning the 2014 Oceania Nations Cup, scoring 30 goals and conceded none. Meanwhile Netherlands qualified via the play-offs, beating Scotland and Italy.



Line ups

New Zealand: Naylor, Percival, Duncan, Erceg, Stott, Riley, Hearn, Gregorius, Bowen, Longo, Wilkinson.

Netherlands: Guerts, Van Lunteren, Van der Gragt, Van den Berg, Hogewoning, Dekker, Melis, Spitse, Miedema, van de Donk, Martens.


We’ve already seen Canada only just beat China. What can New Zealand and Netherlands offer?


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