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Women's World Cup: Spain and China reach last 16 after 0-0 stalemate

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Women's World Cup 2019: Spain and China both reach last 16 after goalless draw

Spain and China played out a goalless draw that ensured both sides progress to the Women's World Cup last 16.

Spain qualify for the knockout stages as Group B runners-up, level on four points with China who are guaranteed to finish as a best third-placed side.

Germany sealed their position as group winners, beating South Africa 4-0.

Jorge Vilda's Spain qualify from the World Cup group stages for the first time in their history, having made their tournament debut in 2015.

China, who continue their record of having never failed to progress from their group, avoid a potential last-16 encounter with defending champions the United States - but could face England should Phil Neville's side top Group E.

Teams in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup
EnglandItaly
GermanyFrance
The NetherlandsCanada
SwedenUSA
JapanGermany
SpainChina

In a game of limited opportunities, Lucia Garcia missed the chance to hand Spain an early advantage in Le Havre as she shot wide from Mariona Caldentey's cross.

China rarely threatened but remained defensively sound - despite prolific Atletico Madrid striker Jennifer Hermoso's increasing influence as the Europeans dominated possession.

Last season's Liga Femenina Golden Boot winner Hermoso found herself closed down rapidly throughout, but the 29-year-old arrowed a powerful header towards the bottom corner to draw a fine save from goalkeeper Peng Shimeng five minutes before the interval.

Nahikari Garcia dragged wide as the second half followed a similar pattern, while Patricia Guijarro had a low shot blocked by Shimeng late on.

Final Group B table: 1 - Germany, 2- Spain, 3 - China, 4 - South Africa

'We're happy to qualify' - what they said

Spain coach Jorge Vilda: "Of course we're happy to qualify for the round of 16, we're continuing to make history. We knew a draw was a possibility, it would've been good to have scored but I think today the Chinese goalkeeper was very, very good."

China coach Jia Xiuguan: "To build a strong team, it needs generations, it cannot just be done over one generation. Also we see the gap between us and the world-class teams. It's very difficult, no matter who our opponents are.

"Although it was a draw, we got one point which means we have the opportunity to continue to the next level. That's why I'm so touched by our players' efforts and by the spirit."

A first clean sheet for La Roja - the stats

  • China have progressed from the group stage in all seven of their Women's World Cup appearances.
  • This is just the second draw at the 2019 World Cup after 26 matches.
  • Spain kept their first ever clean sheet at a Women's World Cup.
  • China had one shot in the whole game - the joint-fewest of any side so far in France.
  • China only had seven touches in the opposition penalty area, compared to 36 for Spain.

Line-ups

China

  • 12Peng
  • 6Han
  • 5Wu
  • 3Lin
  • 2Liu
  • 10Li
  • 20Zhang
  • 13Wang
  • 17GuSubstituted forYaoat 87'minutes
  • 11WangSubstituted forYangat 45'minutes
  • 7WangSubstituted forLiat 56'minutesBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 1Xu
  • 4Lou
  • 8Li
  • 9Yang
  • 14Wang
  • 15Song
  • 16Li
  • 18Bi
  • 19Tan
  • 21Yao
  • 22Luo
  • 23Liu

Spain

  • 13Paños
  • 7Corredera
  • 4Paredes
  • 16León
  • 3Ouahabi
  • 17GarcíaSubstituted forJiménezat 86'minutes
  • 14Torrecilla
  • 12Guijarro
  • 9CaldenteySubstituted forFalcónat 45'minutes
  • 10Hermoso
  • 22GarcíaSubstituted forPutellasat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gallardo
  • 2Jiménez
  • 5Andrés Sanz
  • 6Losada
  • 8Torrejón
  • 11Putellas
  • 15Meseguer
  • 18Bonmatí
  • 19Sampedro
  • 20Pereira
  • 21Falcón
  • 23Quiñones
Referee:
Edina Alves Batista
Attendance:
11,814

Match Stats

Home TeamChinaAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home1
Away24
Shots on Target
Home0
Away9
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, China PR 0, Spain 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, China PR 0, Spain 0.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Zhang Rui.

Andrea Falcón (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wang Yan (China PR).

Hand ball by Yao Wei (China PR).

Attempt blocked. Leila (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Peng Shimeng (China PR).

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Peng Shimeng.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Wang Yan.

Substitution

Substitution, China PR. Yao Wei replaces Gu Yasha.

Attempt saved. Andrea Falcón (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Celia Jiménez replaces Lucía García.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Peng Shimeng.

Attempt saved. Jenni Hermoso (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Patri Guijarro.

Attempt missed. Patri Guijarro (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leila.

Attempt saved. Patri Guijarro (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Marta Corredera (Spain).

Gu Yasha (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jenni Hermoso (Spain).

Wang Yan (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alexia Putellas (Spain) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leila.

Foul by Patri Guijarro (Spain).

Li Ying (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jenni Hermoso (Spain) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Falcón with a cross.

Foul by Andrea Falcón (Spain).

Wu Haiyan (China PR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alexia Putellas (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jenni Hermoso (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lin Yuping (China PR).

Hand ball by Zhang Rui (China PR).

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Alexia Putellas replaces Nahikari García.

Attempt missed. Irene Paredes (Spain) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jenni Hermoso with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Liu Shanshan.

Attempt missed. Marta Corredera (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leila.

Booking

Li Wen (China PR) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucía García (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wu Haiyan (China PR).

Attempt saved. Patri Guijarro (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucía García.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France33007169
2Norway32016336
3Nigeria310224-23
4South Korea300318-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany33006069
2Spain31113214
3China31111104
4South Africa300318-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy22007166
2Brazil21015323
3Australia21014403
4Jamaica200208-80

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22003126
2Japan21102114
3Argentina201101-11
4Scotland200224-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands22004136
2Canada22003036
3Cameroon200214-30
4New Zealand200203-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA2200160166
2Sweden22007166
3Chile200205-50
4Thailand2002118-170
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