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Canada defeated tournament hosts New Zealand 1-0 in the opening match of the inaugural FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in front of a crowd of 13,123 in Auckland.
New Zealand started the game strongly and Rosie White came close to giving them the lead early on but she was denied by a smothering save from Genevieve Richard. Canada hit back with an unmarked Nkem Ezurike heading a good chance wide.
Ezurike had another opportunity to open the scoring just before half time but this time she was denied by a fine one-handed save from Victoria Esson.
The deadlock was broken seven minutes after the restart as Rachel Lamarre carried the ball towards goal before unleashing a 20-yard shot that beat Esson.
New Zealand piled forward in search of an equaliser and were unlucky not to level the scores as Caitlin Campbell hit the side netting before striking the bar with a 30-yard free kick. White went close with a firm strike but a dogged Canada held on to give themselves a great chance of reaching the quarter finals.
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