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FIFA Women's World Cup: Canada advances past Group stage

The Netherlands got a late goal from Kirsten van de Ven to draw 1-1 with Canada, but it wasn't enough to stop the Canadians from winning Group A.

Dutch score late goal to draw Canada 1-1

Canada's Ashley Lawrence, middle, celebrates the opening goal in their final Group A match against The Netherlands. Canada won the group after tying 1-1. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

It wasn't what Canada hoped to deliver to the 45,420 roaring fans at Olympic Stadium, but a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands was enough.

Ashley Lawrence scored early, only to see Canada concede a goal to substitute Kirsten Van De Ven in the 87th minute as the teams closed out group stage play at the FIFA Women's World Cup on Monday night in Montreal.

Canada finished first in Group A with a win and two draws and will begin single-game knock-out play Sunday in Vancouver against an opponent still to be determined. China was a second in the group while the Netherlands, with a win, a loss and a draw, was third.

"All in all, top of the group, five points, we're off to the west coast, this was the plan," said Canada coach John Herdman. "We'd love to have another three points in the bag but, job done, we're happy."

By finishing first, the Canadians will play all their remaining games in either Vancouver or Edmonton, greatly reducing the travel they may have faced by finishing second or third.

Canada, ranked eighth in the world, went for the win against the 12th-ranked Dutch by putting a mostly attack-oriented lineup on the field. It produced Canada's first goal from open play in three group stage games, but they also conceded their first goal of the tournament.

Herdman made four lineup changes, looking for offence from a Canadian team whose only goal in the opening two games was on a penalty.

They got the early pressure and Lawrence scored 10 minutes in on a play that started with a throw-in deep in Dutch territory. The ball deflected to Sophie Schmidt, who slipped it to Lawrence for a shot that went in off goalkeeper Loes Geurts' knee.

Substitutions

It was after making substitutions in the second half, mostly to shore up the defence, that the Dutch caught the Canadian defence off guard and equalized.

In the 87th minute, a turnover allowed Manon Melis to slip the ball to Van De Ven, who was all alone at the edge of the area to score.

"The tough decision, if I could have it back, was the fullback," Herdman said of his 81st minute substitution of midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who took a nasty knock along the sidelines, with Rhian Wilkinson. "With Wilkinson, we wanted to make sure we shored up that side and put [Josee] Belanger into the attack.

"We just got caught out in the transition."

Schmidt was shaken up. Herdman said it will help that Canada has six days before its next game to help her recover.

Canada's changes had Moscato, Kaylyn Kyle, Adriana Leon and Jessie Fleming replacing Lauren Sesselmann, Desiree Scott, Melissa Tancredi and Jonelle Filigno. Tancredi and Scott went in for Kyle and Fleming in the 61st minute.

China secures knockout berth

Wang Shanshan scored on a perfectly timed header and China benefited from a questionable called penalty to earn a 2-2 draw in the Women's World Cup against New Zealand on Monday.

With the draw, China advances to the knockout stage as the second team from Group A.

New Zealand (0-2-1) went up 1-0 on a goal by Rebekah Ashley Stott in the 28th minute, but China tied the game on a penalty kick by Wang Lisi. The penalty came after New Zealand's Betsy Hassett was called for a hand ball in the penalty box, though replays showed the ball hit her chest and head. China (1-1-1) went ahead 2-1 on Shanshan's goal in the 60th minute, with New Zealand tying the game five minutes later on a goal by Hannah Wilkinson.

Germany dominates Thailand

Lena Petermann scored twice in three minutes and top-ranked Germany trounced Thailand 4-0 Monday to advance to the round of 16 in the Women's World Cup.

Melanie Leupolz put Germany ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute by heading in a corner kick.

The 29th-ranked Thai hung within a goal behind a brilliant performance from keeper Waraporn Boonsing. But the Germans finally made it 2-0 on Petermann's header in the 56th minute — a feat she repeated two minutes later.

Sara Daebritz later closed the scoring by tapping the ball into an open net.

Germany finished atop its group with a goal differential of plus-14.

Norway moves on

Ada Hegerberg scored twice to secure Norway's berth in the knockout stage of the Women's World Cup with a 3-1 win over Ivory Coast.

Norway (2-1-0) moves on as the second team from Group B behind Germany, and it will play the second team from Group F on June 22.

Hegerberg scored the opening goal for Norway in the 6th minute, beating Ivory Coast goalkeeper Cynthia Djohore at the near post. Hegerberg added her second with a left-footed kick in the 62nd minute, and Solveig Gulbrandsen put Norway up 3-0 in the 67th minute.

Ange Nguessan scored the only goal for Ivory Coast (0-3), a booming right-footed blast from well outside the penalty box in the 71st minute.

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