30 Jul Switzerland 0-0 New Zealand (Jul 30, 2023) Game Analysis – ESPN
DUNEDIN, New Zealand, — New Zealand and Switzerland played out an underwhelming 0-0 stalemate in the Women’s World Cup on Sunday, sending the co-hosts out of the tournament on goal difference and the Europeans through to the last 16 as Group A winners.
The results meant New Zealand, who stunned Norway in their opening match before losing to the Philippines in their second, became the first Women’s World Cup hosts to exit in the group stage.
Roared on by a near-capacity crowd of 25,947 at the indoor Dunedin Stadium, New Zealand lacked nothing in effort but could not find the goal they needed to progress.
Switzerland started the match on the front foot and midfielder Ramona Bachmann skipped past several defenders before her shot was blocked, but they were unable to keep the momentum going while New Zealand gradually upped the tempo.
Switzerland looked more comfortable after the break, with Seraina Piubel slicing a left-footed shot wide off the mark before being ruled offside, while New Zealand struggled in the final third.
Malia Steinmetz‘s strike from the edge of the penalty area was saved as New Zealand became increasingly frantic in their efforts – goalkeeper Victoria Esson headed wide in the closing minutes – but Switzerland held firm and saw out the draw.