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China, Spain advance with scoreless draw

2019-06-18 HKT 08:52
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  • China's Wang Yan, left, and Spain's Mariona Caldentey battle for the ball against during their Women's World Cup match in Le Havre, France. Photo: AP
    China's Wang Yan, left, and Spain's Mariona Caldentey battle for the ball against during their Women's World Cup match in Le Havre, France. Photo: AP
China and Spain have played to a scoreless draw Monday that advanced both squads to the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup.

Spain finished second in Group B behind Germany. Spain advanced to the knockout stage for the first time and will face the winner of Group F on Monday at Reims — likely the United States if the Americans win or draw in their final group match against Sweden.

China have advanced to the knockout stage at each of their seven World Cup appearances. They finished third in the group at 1-1-1.

Spain also finished 1-1-1.

La Roja's best chance came in the 39th minute but Peng Shimeng stopped Jennifer Hermoso's header off a cross from Virginia Torrecilla. China's goalkeeper also fended off Alexia Putellas' free kick in the 71st.

Peng got her fingertips on another shot from Hermoso in the 86th minute to deflect the ball over the net as Spain appeared to apply pressure in the waning minutes.

Two-time World Cup winner Germany, who defeated both Spain and China, finished atop Group B after a 4-0 victory over South Africa in Montpellier on Monday.

Norway also progressed to the last 16. They eliminated South Korea, beating them 2-1 in Group A. France won that group after beating Nigeria 1-0 to make it three wins out of three. (AFP)