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Germany and China cemented places in the Women's World Cup knockout stage with a rout of Thailand and draw with New Zealand, respectively.

June 16, 2015

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) -- Lena Petermann scored twice in three minutes and top-ranked Germany trounced Thailand 4-0 Monday to advance to the round of 16 in the Women's World Cup.

Melanie Leupolz put Germany ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute by heading in a corner kick.

The 29th-ranked Thai hung within a goal behind a brilliant performance from keeper Waraporn Boonsing. But the Germans finally made it 2-0 on Petermann's header in the 56th minute - a feat she repeated two minutes later.

Sara Daebritz later closed the scoring by tapping the ball into an open net.

Germany finished atop its group with a goal differential of plus-14.

CHINA THROUGH AS RUNNER-UP

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) -- Wang Shanshan scored on a perfectly timed header and China benefited from a questionable called penalty to earn a 2-2 draw in the Women's World Cup against New Zealand on Monday.

With the draw, China advances to the knockout stage as the second team from Group A.

New Zealand (0-2-1) went up 1-0 on a goal by Rebekah Ashley Stott in the 28th minute, but China tied the game on a penalty kick by Wang Lisi. The penalty came after New Zealand's Betsy Hassett was called for a hand ball in the penalty box, though replays showed the ball hit her chest and head.

China (1-1-1) went ahead 2-1 on Shanshan's goal in the 60th minute, with New Zealand tying the game five minutes later on a goal by Hannah Wilkinson.

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