Substitute Kirsten Van De Ven scored in the 87th minute and the Netherlands earned a 1-1 draw with host Canada at the Women”s World Cup on Monday in Montreal.
Canada still finished first in Group A with a win and two draws and will begin single-game knockout play Sunday in Vancouver against an opponent still to be determined. China was second in the group and the Netherlands, with a win a loss and a draw, was third.
Ashley Lawrence scored early for Canada, but the Dutch were a threat all night with their counterattacking game and got the equalizer with three minutes left in regular time. A crowd of 45,420 at Olympic Stadium saw coach John Herdman make four lineup changes looking for offense from a Canadian team whose only goal in the opening two games was on a penalty.
China 2, New Zealand 2: Wang Shanshan scored on a perfectly timed header and China benefited from a questionable called penalty to earn a draw against New Zealand in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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.
Norway 3, Ivory Coast 1: Ada Hegerberg scored twice to secure Norway”s berth in the knockout stage with a win over Ivory Coast in Moncton, New Brunswick.
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.
Germany 4, Thailand 0: Lena Petermann scored twice in three minutes and top-ranked Germany trounced Thailand to advance to the round of 16 in Winnipeg. Melanie Leupolz put Germany ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute by heading in a corner kick.