國際友誼賽:新西蘭0-0威爾士

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國際友誼賽:新西蘭0-0威爾士

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威爾士在與新西蘭的友誼賽中打成平局,為其世界盃預選賽的高潮做了熱身準備。

這場比賽是在西班牙訓練營的最後進行的。

老闆Gemma Grainger希望這將證明是對9月對希臘和斯洛文尼亞的關鍵預選賽的理想準備。

格蘭傑的球隊需要在這兩場比賽中獲得4分,以確保世界盃的附加賽席位。

威爾士現在在五場比賽中只贏了一場,但是,雖然對新西蘭的勝利會受到歡迎,但重要的是前面的比賽。

格雷格可以從紮實的訓練中獲得滿足感--以及一張乾淨的球票--來結束她的球隊在西班牙東南部為期一周的逗留。

新西蘭已經確保了2023年世界盃的席位,因為他們與澳大利亞共同主辦了這次比賽。

在國際足聯的排名中,足球蕨在世界排名第22位--比威爾士高出9位--但自從這兩個國家上次在2019年的卡迪夫友誼賽中相遇後,他們的狀態一直很差。

那天,凱利-格林打進了一個遲到的冠軍,這位布萊頓的前鋒再次帶領威爾士隊,因為格蘭傑挑選了她最強大的可用團隊。

只有傑斯-菲什洛克(Jess Fishlock)因其繁忙的俱樂部日程安排而沒有前往西班牙,在威爾士的上一場比賽中,即4月在哈薩克斯坦的3-0預選賽中首發的陣容中沒有出現。

然而,格林格的球員們最近很少有足球,所以也許他們在一場有時很潦草的比賽中缺乏流暢性並不奇怪。

威爾士最好的機會出現在上半場,當安格拉德-詹姆斯--贏得她的第98個帽子--和索菲-英格爾在中場負責時,他們有一段時間威脅到了對比賽的控制。

他們的第一次威脅來自於Rachel Rowe在新西蘭右路突然出現的空間,但她的低位傳球對Ceri Holland來說太強了,無法將球打進。

英格爾的傳球將娜塔莎-哈丁送到了新西蘭隊的防線後面,但這位前雷丁隊的前鋒的射門稍稍偏離了遠門柱。

在新西蘭隊的伊麗莎白-安東(Elizabeth Anton)遠射之前,詹姆斯和格林都把球舉過了橫樑,威爾士隊的守門員勞拉-奧沙利文(Laura O'Sullivan)把球推過了橫樑。

威爾士在隨後的短角球中被打開,看到無人盯防的Meikayla Moore從Katie Bowen的傳球中頭球攻門,他們鬆了一口氣。

新西蘭隊在下半場獲得了第一個機會,在另一個角球中,隊長Katherine Stott的射門高出橫樑。

格雷格按計劃使用了她的替補隊員,Ffion Morgan的第一個貢獻是一次犀利的突破和傳球,伸展的Green將球打飛。

奧沙利文的傳球只能傳到奧利維亞-錢斯那裡,但她的射門卻被Rhiannon Roberts擋出,這讓新西蘭隊很是吃驚。

但奧沙利文在比賽結束前一分鐘拯救了威爾士,這位卡迪夫城的門將跳到了她的右邊,將漢德的頭球推到了橫樑上。


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Wales warmed up for the climax of their World Cup qualifying campaign with a goalless draw in a friendly against New Zealand.

The game came at the end of a Spanish training camp

Boss Gemma Grainger hopes will prove ideal preparation for key qualifiers against Greece and Slovenia in September.

Grainger's side need four points from those two games to secure a World Cup play-off place.

Wales have now won only once in five matches but, while a victory over New Zealand would have been welcome, it is the fixtures which lie ahead that matter.

Grainger can take satisfaction from a solid workout - and a clean sheet - to round of her squad's week-long stay in south east Spain.

New Zealand are already assured of a place at the 2023 World Cup as they are co-hosting the tournament with Australia.

The Football Ferns are ranked 22nd in the world by Fifa - nine places above Wales - yet their form has been poor since these two nations last met, in a Cardiff friendly in 2019.

Kayleigh Green scored a late winner that day, and the Brighton striker led the Welsh line once more as Grainger picked her strongest available team.

Only Jess Fishlock, who did not travel to Spain because of her hectic club schedule, was missing from the side which started Wales' last game, the 3-0 qualifying win in Kazakhstan in April.

Yet Grainger's players have had little football of late, so perhaps it was not a surprise that they lacked fluency in a game which was scrappy at times.

Wales' best opportunities came in the first half, when they threatened for a while to seize control of the contest as Angharad James - winning her 98th cap - and Sophie Ingle took charge in midfield.

Their first threat came when Rachel Rowe burst into space down the New Zealand right, but her low cross was just too strong for Ceri Holland to tap home.

Ingle's threaded pass then sent Natasha Harding in behind the Kiwi defence, but the former Reading forward's shot deflected narrowly wide of the far post.

James and Green both lifted efforts over the bar before New Zealand's Elizabeth Anton took aim from distance and Wales keeper Laura O'Sullivan pushed the ball over the bar.

Wales were opened up from the short corner which followed, and were relieved to see the unmarked Meikayla Moore head wide from Katie Bowen's cross.

It was New Zealand who had the first chance of the second half, when another corner ended with captain Katherine Stott driving a shot over the bar.

Grainger turned to her substitutes - as planned - and Ffion Morgan's first contribution was a sharp break and cross which the stretching Green volleyed over the top.

New Zealand improved as Wales faded a little in the heat, and there was a scare when O'Sullivan could only punch a cross as far as Olivia Chance, but her goalbound effort was hacked clear by Rhiannon Roberts.

But O'Sullivan was on hand to save Wales a minute from time, the Cardiff City goalkeeper leaping to her right to push Hand's header on to the bar.

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