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Canada vs New Zealand: WWC Match Review

After Canada and New Zealand met for their first competitive match in over a decade, a half an hour delay due to lightening and heavy rain, and lots of near-misses, the game ended scoreless. New Zealand were able to delay Canada's charge, but still find themselves in the last spot of their group.

After Canada and New Zealand met for their first competitive match in over a decade, a half an hour delay due to lightening and heavy rain, and lots of near-misses, the game ended scoreless. New Zealand were able to delay Canada's charge, but still find themselves in the last spot of their group.

It was a torrid and physical game from the first whistle right until the last, and both sides were working hard to come out victorious. Unfortunately for both sides, there was a lot of near misses – Canada had 5 shots on target and New Zealand had 2 – all of which saved well by both Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod and New Zealand's Erin Nayler.

The Football Fern's should have taken the lead just past 30 minutes when their all time top scorer and forward Amber Hearn hit the crossbar in a penalty kick after teammate Hannah Wilkinson was taken down.

Captain and forward Christine Sinclair had two opportunities to put Canada in the lead in this match, but both times was denied the privilege by one of many superb blocks from New Zealand's Erin Nayler.

Canada are still at the top of their group table, but now with only 1 point difference to the rest. New Zealand still find themselves at the bottom. It clearly wasn't meant to be either team's night, and although it was a tough game they both came out with no goals.

See what our commentators (Charlie Flowe @DjFlowe and Hayley Kopmeyer @hkopmeyer) have to say about the World Cup, and let us know what you think on our twitter @diamondsoccerus using the hashtag #wwc15df.

Add this to your very own Group Stage chart in our Resource Centre.

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