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.
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
Nayler, Percival, Hoyle, Erceg, Riley, Hearn, Gregorius, Hassett, Stott, Longo, Collins. Coach: Tony Readings
Subs : Green, Yallop, White, Milne, Rolls, Moore.
Goals: 66′ Hearn
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
Goals: 66′ L. Wang (pen.)
Yellow Cards: 80′ Q. Qin; 93′ M. Chen; 95′ J.Li
Referees: Palmqvist, Kueng, Gabellon, Staubli
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