Switzerland Break Football Ferns Hearts

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New Zealand have been knocked out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ after a spirited 0-0 draw with Switzerland in Dunedin on Sunday.

Switzerland 0-0 New Zealand | Group A

New Zealand have been knocked out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ after a spirited 0-0 draw with Switzerland in Dunedin on Sunday. The Football Ferns gave a fair account of themselves against the Swiss, but couldn’t find the killer blow.

It’s a disappointing result for New Zealand, who become the first host nation to exit in the group stage of a Women’s World Cup. Switzerland advanced to the last 16 after topping Group A with two draws and a 2-0 win over the Philippines. They will play the second-place finishers in Group C.

A confident New Zealand had all of the early ascendency and put their highly-fancied rivals under pressure in front of a sold-out crowd. The hosts were unlucky not to score in the opening half hour after Jacqui Hand’s effort hit the woodwork in the 23rd minute. It was the best chance for either side in a tight first half, although Seraina Piubel had a shot saved by Vic Esson just before half-time.

News of a 3-0 half-time lead for Norway over the Philippines meant the equation was simple for New Zealand: they effectively had to win.

Instead, Inka Grings’ clinical side starved the Football Ferns of possession as the match wore on. Despite forcing a few saves from Swiss goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann late in the match, Switzerland held on to break New Zealand hearts.

Key stat

New Zealand became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stage of a Women’s World Cup.

VISA Player of the Match

Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (Switzerland)

Quotes

“It was an emotional moment for everybody in the team. We wanted to win this game. We knew if we win, we would go through. The result unfortunately didn’t go our way, but the performance from our players was another very solid performance on the World Cup stage, and I’m very proud of our team and what we’ve done during this World Cup.” Jitka Klimkova, New Zealand coach

We fought to the end and we were so lucky to have the entire country behind us. A sold out stadium again is very special. I think we just needed a few more minutes and we would’ve been able to put the ball in the back of the net. Vic Esson, New Zealand goalkeeper “I believe in the team effort: From the players on the bench to the ones who gave it their all on the pitch. This discipline and willingness to give everything makes me proud. To play the group stage without conceding a goal speaks to how well we’ve been playing as a team. We’re very happy and I’m very proud. We’ve arrived and we’re ready for anything.” Inka Grings, Switzerland coach

Source : FIFA