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Second loss sends NZ out of U20 World Cup

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

A 2-0 loss to France has eliminated New Zealand from the under-20 women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Needing at least a draw to advance to the quarter-finals, the Junior Football Ferns were largely outplayed in hot and humid conditions, conceding a goal in each half.

Marie-Charlotte Leger beat an offside trap to open the scoring before Clara Mateo doubled the lead soon after the break, capitalising on a defensive blunder.

New Zealand failed to match their achievement of the 2014 tournament when they won two pool games to qualify for the last eight.

They began with a 1-0 win over Ghana but went down 3-1 to pool winners the United States.

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