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New Zealand stun group favorites Norway with 1-0 victory in WWC opening match

The 2023 Women’s World Cup kicked off with an unexpected upset as as co-hosts New Zealand stunned Group A favorites Norway with a 1-0 victory in front of a record 42,137 crowd at Eden Park in Auckland.

This was the first time that the New Zealand women’s national team (or men’s team) have won a World Cup game.

On a day that should have been highlighted with celebrations began with tragedy. A gunman shot and killed two people in the same city that hosted the Women’s World Cup opener, Auckland.

A moment of silence was held before the Women’s World Cup opener between hosts New Zealand and Norway.

New Zealand vs Norway highlights

The first half was a stalemate as the Football Ferns weren’t overwhelmed with the duty of hosting and held powerhouse Norway in the opening 45 minutes.

Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg had the best chance in the first half but was denied by a great block.

After a great opening half by New Zealand, they kept up the momentum and snatched the game-winning goal in the 48th minute. Hannah Wilkinson scored from close range on the end of a beautiful New Zealand attack.

This was Wilkinson’s third time scoring in a World Cup and a historical moment for New Zealand.

The early second half goal set up a nervy 45 minutes for New Zealand as Norway pushed for the equalizer.

Despite defending a lead, the Football Ferns still produced quality chances including a great effort in the 62nd minute.

Norway’s closest chance in the second half came in the 81st minute with a dangerous shot that ricocheted off the crossbar.

New Zealand had a chance for breathing space in the 90th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick. Ria Percival stepped up for the spot kick but failed to convert in dramatic fashion.

Football Fern fans were nervous when nine minutes of stoppage time were added, but the hosts held on for a historic victory.

The upset makes Group A a free-for-all as New Zealand sit on top of the group with Switzerland and Philippines playing on Friday.

What an unexpected start to the tournament.

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