Women's Football World Cup 2019 live: New Zealand v Canada at Grenoble

Ali Riley contests possession against the Netherlands
Jessie Fleming of Canada contests for the ball against New Zealand's Ria Percival Photo credit: Reuters

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FULLTIME - The match is over and Canada is guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. That was a well deserved win for the Canadians who outclassed New Zealand in every aspect. 

90mins - Three minutes of added time to be played. 

87mins - Canada get the ball back inside the box, but some strong defence by Ria Percival prevents the Canadians from adding a third. 

85mins - Tom Sermanni makes one final change too with Emme Kete replacing Betsy Hassett.

81mins - Canada make a coupe of changes. They have been pure class against the Kiwis.  Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince come off with Rebecca Quinn and Adriana Leon making their way onto the field. 

78mins - GOAL CANADA - Nichelle Prince finally finds the back of the net, and that goal surely put the game out of New Zealand's reach. Christine Sinclair heads the ball on goal and it comes off the post. Prince gets to the rebound and puts the ball in the back of the net. 

76mins - New Zealand is hanging by a thread as Canada continues to attack the goal. Nayler comes up with another big save to keep the score at 1-0.

71mins - A super save by Erin Nayler prevents Canada from doubling their lead. Nichelle Prince heads the ball straight on goal and a magnificent dive from Nayler deflects the ball into touch.

70mins - Twenty minutes remain in Grenoble. New Zealand need a goal to keep their hopes alive of progressing to the round of 16. 

65mins - Make that four now as Nichelle Prince's goes straight into the gloves of Erin Nayler. 

64mins  - Canada take another shot. That is their 18th of the game, but only three have been on target. 

61mins - Sarah Gregorius comes off the field for Anna Green. That is New Zealand's second change of the match. 

60mins - Canada continues to dominate possession. They don't want to give the ball up. 

57mins - Janine Beckie fires a rocket of a corner into the Canadian box, and it was that powerful, Nichelle Prince couldn't volley the ball home.

53mins - But their time with the ball comes to nothing as Canada find themselves inside New Zealand's half and more desperate defence keeps Canada out. 

52mins - New Zealand with some rare ball inside Canada's half. 

48mins - Minutes later, Fleming goes close to scoring her second, but her shot just goes over the crossbar. 

47mins - GOAL CANADA - Canada get the breakthrough they were desperate for. A great ball over the top leads to a cross and Jessie Fleming finds the back of the net. 

45mins - The second half is underway in France. Canada have first use of the ball. 

HALFTIME - The break couldn't come quick enough for New Zealand who have been under the pump for most, if not all of the first half. Canada are desperate for that goal which will see them qualify for the next round. They've had 13 shots on goal to New Zealand's one. 

45+2mins - Canada continue to throw bodies forward, in search of that goal, but their final touch is letting them down. 

45mins - Four minutes of added time to be played. Canada still have the ball. 

41mins - Canada get the ball back into the box and JessieFleming falls over, trying to win her side a penalty, but referee Yoshimi Yamashita waves play on. 

39mins - New Zealand have their first corner of the match, and while Canada don't deal with it well, they still clear the ball away. 

37mins - A rare chance from New Zealand comes to nothing, but the play came from nowhere. The Football Ferns cross the ball and Stephanie Labbe is forced to punch the ball away before another NZ cross goes into touch, 

34mins - New Zealand are really struggling right now and are just hanging on. Will be massive if the scores are locked 0-0 at the break. Canada are throwing all their players forward.

31mins - Canada have another shot deflected by Abby Erceg. The Canadians continue to hammer the New Zealand box, but can't get a breakthrough. 

28mins - Another golden chance blown by Canada as they fire a shot over the crossbar. Desperate defence continues to keep New Zealand in the battle.

25mins - New Zealand get some rare possession, but it comes to nothing really. They'll just be happy not to be defending right now.  

21mins - Another missed opportunity for Canada, who have had more than 70 percent possession and eight shots on goal. 

18mins - Annalie Longo comes on for CJ Bott which forces a reshuffle with Ria Percival slotting into right back. 

17mins - Great desperate defence by New Zealand, who with a player down, prevent Canada scoring from a corner. Canada strike the post twice through Prince and Sinclair before New Zealand clear the ball away and it goes into touch. 

16min - Bott gets back to her feet and walks off the field with her arm on ice. They will have to defend this corner with 10 players before a replacement comes onto the field. 

13mins - Play stops as New Zealand defender CJ Bott is down on the ground in pain. They bring out the stretcher. It looks like a shot on goal smacked into her arm.

10mins - A long-range shot from Canada hits the side of the net. Could have been another cross into the box, but regardless the ball goes out for a goal kick. 

8mins - Canada get a shot on target as Janine Beckie heads the ball towards goal, but Erin Nayler comfortably saves it

5mins - Canada look very comfortable on the ball early on the match as they spread it from side to side dominating possession. 

3mins - New Zealand cross the ball into the box, but Canada clear the ball out of the box. They try again, but the Canadian defence holds firm. 

1min - Canada throw the ball up-field early, as they get the ball close to the box, but the ball runs through to Erin Nayler. 

KICKOFF - We are underway in Grenoble. New Zealand have first use of the ball. 

6:54am - Both teams are out on the field, time for the National Anthems.

6:47am - Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni has named an unchanged side to face Canda, while Kenneth Heiner-Møller comes into Canada's starting XI in their only change.

New Zealand: 1-Erin Nayler, 2-Ria Percival, 4-CJ Bott, 6-Rebekah Stott, 7-Ali Riley (c), 8-Abby Erceg, 11-Sarah Gregorius, 12-Betsy Hassett, 13-Rosie White, 14-Katie Bowen, 22-Olivia Chance.

Canada: 1-Stephanie Labbe, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 8-Jayde Riviere, 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 12-Christine Sinclair (c), 13-Sophie Schmidt, 15-Nichelle Prince, 16-Janine Beckie, 17-JessieFleming.

6:35am - This is a big match for New Zealand, who need to win if they want to keep their round of 16 hopes alive, while a win would put Canada in the last 16. 


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Football Ferns' second World Cup outing against Canada in picturesque Grenoble, France.

On Wednesday, the NZ women went so close to sharing points with European champions the Netherlands in their tournament opener, conceding a goal in added time in a heartbreaking, yet encouraging 1-0 loss.

They can still progress to the knockout stages of the draw, but need results against their remaining opponents - Canada on Sunday and Cameroon on Friday.

The fifth-ranked North Americans opened their account with a 1-0 win over the Africans this week and are actually ranked above the Netherlands (eighth) by FIBA.

But the Kiwis, ranked 19th, will be buoyed by the success of their junior team at last year's U17 World Cup, where the New Zealand team beat Canada 2-1 in the playoff for third.

Pre-match - Aussie Matildas stick it to critics

"Suck on that one."

That was the response from Matildas skipper Sam Kerr, after Australia came from two goals down to beat Brazil 3-2 in Montpellier on Friday (NZT).

Kerr roared on full-time, embraced her teammates after a titanic struggle and then let loose with her emotions, when interviewed pitch side.

"There was (sic) a lot of critics talking about us but we're back so suck on that one," she said. "We don't listen to the haters.

"Look at that performance to come back from the deep. I love these girls, they're something else."

Matildas celebrate their win over Brazil at the World Cup
Matildas celebrate their win over Brazil at the World Cup. Photo credit: Reuters.

The Matildas have always been powered by an us-against-the-world mentality.

Back in the 80s and 90s, they paid for their own flights, washed their own training gear and played without anyone watching.

In the last two decades, as they improved their world standings, they have fought for fair conditions and pay.

And last week, intense criticism of the side bubbled over, after their 2-1 loss to Italy.

"We haven't been reading [the criticism], but at the end of the day, you can feel it," she said.

"Social media gives people a platform to say whatever they want, so it was good to kind of send a message back home and send a message to the rest of the world.

"We knew this would happen.

"We knew people would be quick to judge, but that's football and look what we did today. We had three different goalscorers and outplayed them most of the time.

"Coming back from two goals down with the pressure we had on us, it's pretty special."

The Matildas sent a message to their detractors, but did they send one to the rest of the tournament as well?

"Hell yeah," Kerr continued. "Well, we've got to focus on Jamaica first, we're not gonna get too far ahead of ourselves.

"Brazil's one of the best teams in the world, they've got the best player probably ever in the history of the game [in Marta].

"So if people don't keep watching the Aussies, we'll come get ya, like we did then.

"People don't understand the belief we have in this team, they don't understand the confidence we have in each other, the confidence we have in Ante [coach Ante Milicic].

"One game was not gonna derail our World Cup hopes and that's why it was so frustrating for us, because instead of the media being 'we can turn this around', it turned negative on us and it only fuelled us, so thank you."