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New Zealand earns historic first win over Brazil

Amber Hearn scored the game-winner to lift New Zealand to a historic win over Brazil. (Photo

Amber Hearn’s second half goal lifted New Zealand to a historic 1-0 victory over Brazil at the Valais Cup in Switzerland. The Football Ferns are the first New Zealand team at any level to beat Brazil.

Hearn scored in the 66th minute after missing a penalty earlier in the match. The win puts New Zealand, No. 19 in the world, into the tournament final against China on Wednesday.

China advanced to the final with a 1-0 victory over Mexico thanks to a Wang Lingling penalty kick in the second half. Mexico and Brazil will play Wednesday in the consolation match.

Box Scores:

Brazil – New Zealand 0-1 (0-0)

Thaís Picarte, Poliana, Bruna Benites, Janaína, Fran, Tamires, Fabiana, Thaísa,  Giôvania, Gabi Zanotti,  Rafinha.
Subs : Kaká,  Alline Calandrini,  Gislaine, Maria, Danielli, Luana, Debinha, Chú, Béatriz Vaz. Coach : Márcio Antonio de Oliveira

New Zealand:
Nayler, Percival, Hoyle, Erceg, Riley, Hearn, Gregorius, Hassett, Stott, Longo, Collins. Coach: Tony Readings
Subs : Green, Yallop, White, Milne, Rolls, Moore.

Goals: 66′ Hearn

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:

Referees: Frappart, Nicolosi, Buffart, Schmoelzer

China-Mexico 1-0 (0-0)

Y. Zhang, M. Chen, J. Li, H. Wu, Y. Huang (76′ Q.Qin), J. Lou (90′ G. Luo), S.S. Wang, Q. Zeng (50′ Q. Gao), S. Yao (68′ S. Liu), Y. Xu, L. Wang,. Coach: W. Hao
Subs: S.M. Wang

Pamela, Kenti, Estefania, Alina, Paulina (5′ Nayeli), Noyola (65′ Nancy), Lupita (87′ Anisa), Maribel, Renae (71′ Desiree), Ocampo, Veronica (76′ Fabiola), Nancy. Coach: Leonardo Cuellar
Subs: Cecilia

Goals: 66′ L. Wang (pen.)

Yellow Cards: 80′ Q. Qin; 93′ M. Chen; 95′ J.Li

Red Cards:

Referees: Palmqvist, Kueng, Gabellon, Staubli


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