Denmark held on to top spot in Group A and set up a quarter-final clash with Korea DPR by grinding out a dour 0-0 draw with Canada that leaves Bryan Rosenfeld's Canucks to face Germany.

While New Zealand's victory in Wellington removed any possibility of either of these sides being eliminated, regardless of the outcome here in Hamilton, both will know that better is required if they are to see off their formidable last eight opponents.

Although Canada enjoyed marginally the better of a tight first half, the best effort of the opening 45 came from Denmark's Linette Andreason, who battled for possession and unleashed a terrific 20-yard effort that was heading for the top corner until Genevieve Richard clawed it away.

Rosenfeld's side had been dealt a major blow midway through the first half with the loss to injury of star striker Tiffany Cameron, but Rachel Lamarre - pushed forward in her absence - came closest to breaking the deadlock in the second half.

The athletic Nkem Ezurike did all the ground work, stealing possession, racing down the left and supplying an inviting low cross, but Lamarre could not quite get enough purchase on the ball to divert it inside the far post.

Nevertheless, despite the lack of goals, the two sides were still able to celebrate wildly on the field at the close of play as confirmation arrived that both had achieved their stated pre-tournament objective.