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Football: New Zealand Earns Final Berth for Women's World Cup


New Zealand has earned the 16th and final berth for this year's Women's World Cup after winning the Oceania Football Confederation qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea.

New Zealand scored its third straight lopsided victory, defeating host Papua New Guinea Friday, 7-0. Earlier wins came by scores of 6-1 over Tonga and 8-0 over Solomon Islands.

The only other time New Zealand has participated in the women's World Cup was in the inaugural event in China in 1991. This year's tournament will be in China from September 10 - 30 in five Chinese cities: Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan.

The draw for first round group play will be held April 22 in Wuhan. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups of four.

No group may contain more than one team from the same confederation except the European confederation, which can have a maximum of two teams in the same group.

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