Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Zealand Women Pleased with 0-0 Draw against Canada at Women's World Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Zealand Women Pleased with 0-0 Draw against Canada at Women's World Cup

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New Zealand women pleased with 0-0 draw

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EDMONTON - New Zealand certainly didn't look like a team that has never recorded a win in a Women's World Cup as they gave Canada all they could handle in a 0-0 draw on Thursday.

There was plenty of fight in the Football Ferns as they kept their hopes of advancing through the group stage alive with the tie, coming on the heels of starting the tournament with a 1-0 loss to the Netherlands.

The 17-seeded New Zealand squad actually felt that they deserved much better than a single point after their performance against the No. 8 Canadians.

"At the final whistle we were really disappointed that we didn't come away with the three points, we felt we did enough," said New Zealand head coach Tony Readings, who served as an assistant coach to Canadian coach John Herdman before he left the Ferns to guide Canada in 2011. "We feel like we should have at least four points from our first two games and we have only come away with one.

"We are still happy with the way we played and we have one more game coming up and if we play like we did today we should have every chance of progressing into the next round."

New Zealand, which had only one tie to show from four previous World Cup appearances, matched the Canadian team chance for chance and had several glorious opportunities to score, most notably on a penalty shot by Amber Hearn in the 33rd minute that went over Canadian 'keeper Erin McLeod, only to see the ball ring off the crossbar. …

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