FIFAWWC: New Zealand Set Record For The First World Cup Host To Exit The Group Stage

New Zealand picked up an unwanted record by becoming the first host nation knocked out of the Women’s World Cup group stages, after its 0-0 draw against Switzerland on Sunday (Today).

New Zealand began the day in second position in the group, but Norway moved above them thanks to a convincing 6-0 victory over the Philippines.

Despite Jacqueline Hand hitting the post for New Zealand, they could not get the win they needed to stay in the competition.

The tournament had started so well for the Co-Host when it shocked Norway 1-0 in the opening game, securing its first ever World Cup win.

But all the excitement that was generated from that famous victory slowly faded as the Football Ferns were stunned 1-0 by the Philippines in their next fixture and then struggled to stamp their authority over Switzerland when the pressure was on.

In a game they needed to win, they failed to connect a single shot on target in the opening 70 minutes against Switzerland.

A number of New Zealand players were in tears at the final whistle, with their team eliminated on goal difference.

This was the country’s sixth appearance at a Women’s World Cup, but they had not won any of their previous 15 matches before Hannah Wilkinson scored the only goal in their opener, beating Norway.

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