Women’s World Cup: New Zealand crash out as Switzerland,Norway advances to knockout

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Tournament co-hosts New Zealand were knocked out of the Fifa Women’s World Cup as Switzerland got the draw they needed to advance as Group A winners.

New Zealand began the day in second position in the group, but Norway moved above them thanks to a convincing victory over the Philippines.

Jacqueline Hand hit the post for New Zealand but they could not get the win they needed to stay in the competition.

They become the first host nation to fail to make it past the group phase.

For New Zealand, their tournament came to a tame and disappointing end after they had beaten Norway 1-0 in the tournament’s opening match.

A shock 1-0 loss on Tuesday in Wellington against the Philippines, the lowest ranked nation in Group A, left New Zealand’s qualification in the balance, although their fate was still in their hands before their final match in Dunedin.

But, in a game they needed to win, they failed to have a single shot on target in the opening 70 minutes against Switzerland.

With the Europeans themselves only one goal away from elimination, it became tight and tense with neither side able to create many clear-cut opportunities.

While in the same group, Norway got a deserving victory as they thrashed The Philippines 6-0 to finished second in Group A standing and advance to the knockout stage.

Through Sophie Haug’s hat trick to helped the European nation to advance to the knockout alongside group winners Switzerland.

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