New Zealand holds host Canada to scoreless draw after rain delay

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Women's World Cup host Canada played to a scoreless tie with New Zealand in an opening group game Thursday.

Canada's mark of 1-0-1 with four points has them atop Group A with one game to play. New Zealand (0-1-1) still has never won a World Cup game in 11 chances.

The game was delayed for about 30 minutes after the fourth minute due to heavy storms and lightning.

Canada had a couple of quality chances midway through the first half, but New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler turned aside Jonelle Filigno and Christine Sinclair in the 22nd and 23rd minutes.

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In the 31st minute, New Zealand was awarded a penalty kick after a hard tackle in the area, but Amber Hearn — New Zealand's all-time leading international goal scorer — hit the crossbar.

Canada's Melissa Tancredi appeared to have scored just before halftime, but she was judged offside on the play and the goal was disallowed. Tancredi had another golden opportunity on a breakaway in the 76th minute, but Nayler made a sliding save.

In the 85th minute, Sinclair missed just wide from the top of the 6-yard box.

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