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Wang Lisi pen 41, Wang Shanshan 60
Rebekah Stott 28, Hannah Wilkinson 64
Both managers named an unchanged team from their previous game.
China started strongly. Wang Lisi’s corner was cleared to Wang Shanshan whose volley forced Erin Nayler into a good save. From the next corner, Ren Guixan’s header forced Nayler into a superb save.
But slowly New Zealand worked themselves into the game and came close from Amber Hearn’s long range effort which just went wide of the left post. Then Annalie Longo broke into the box and found Sarah Gregorious, but her shot was blocked.
Gregorious then looked to have picked out Hannah Wilkson, but she was denied by Li Donga who diverted the ball behind for a corner. It was from this corner they took the lead. Ria Percival’s delivery reached the far post where Rebekah Stott blasted the ball into the top of the net. That was New Zealand’s first goal of the 2015 World Cup.
China nearly equalised from Wang Lisi’s free-kick, but Nayler tipped the ball over.
And then they did equalise, and it came from a refereeing mistake who believed Wang Lisi’s shot hit Betsy Hassett’s hand in the box, and awarded the penalty. It clearly hit Hassett’s chest, but with her arms raised, the New Zealand player did herself no favours. Wang Lisi placed the penalty to the left, and just about Nayler’s hand.
Both sides came close in the second half through corners, but on each occasion the keeper and defence dealt with the danger and prevented the shot.
In the 60th minute, China took the lead. Wang Lisi’s deep cross picked out Wang Shanshan who headed the ball past the keeper. The forward showed immense bravery to win the ball as she nearly headed the ball from the keeper’s hands.
But New Zealand got the quick equaliser they needed. Ali Riley’s cross was headed down by Hearn to Wilkinson who obliged by placing the ball into the net.
Rosie White had a long ranged shot saved, but Riley put in another dangerous cross, but this time Wang Fei claimed.
However, China should have retaken the lead when Wang Lisi picked out Wang Shansang but somehow she volleyed wide.
They then nearly scored an own goal. Percival’s corner picked out Abby Erceg whose header was headed behind by Liu Shanshan, who no idea where the ball had gone. That corner was cleared to Riley who could over shoot over.
China came close again, as Wang Shuang’s free-kick found Wang Shanshan, the ball came off her thigh which Nayler had to react to tip over.
In the dying minutes, the Chinese manager Hao Wei was sent off due to grabbing the ball to prevent New Zealand from taking a throw. However, they hung on to secure their place in the Last 16 by the narrowest of margins.
Wang Lisi – China
China: (4-2-3-1) Wang Fei, Wu Haiyan (c), Zhao Rong, Li Dongna, Liu Shanshan, Tan Ruyin (Wang Shuang 72), Ren Guixin, Wang Lisi (Li Ying 90+3), Tang Jiali, Han Peng (Lou Jiahui 84), Wang Shanshan.
Goals: Wang Lisi pen 41, Wang Shanshan 60.
Booked: Liu Shanshan 75, Wang Shuang 86.
New Zealand: (4-3-3) Erin Nayler, Ria Percival, Rebekah Stott, Abby Erceg (c), Ali Riley, Betsy Hassett ((Rosie White HT) Kirsty Yallop 89), Katie Duncan, Annalie Longo, Sarah Gregorious (Katie Bowen HT), Amber Hearn, Hannah Wilkinson
Goals: Rebekah Stot 28, Hannah Wilkinson 64.
Booked: Abby Erceg 83, Katie Duncan 86.
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