Hosts out in thrilling battle
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A hat-trick from Rosie White, her second in FIFA competitions in 17 days, lifted New Zealand to a 4-3 victory over the hosts in Coquimbo. Despite a desperate late rally and a red card for the Oceania side, Chile could not peg the New Zealanders back, and cannot now make the knockout round.

White, still on a high from her hat-trick against Colombia at New Zealand 2008, got the Kiwis off to a great start on 21 minutes when she beat two Chilean defenders with a brilliant swerve before firing the ball past Claudia Endler from 12 yards. 16 minutes later, after a couple of half-chances for the hosts, it was 2-0: Sarah McLaughlin was fouled by Endler in the penalty area, and White stepped up to blast the spot-kick past the Chilean keeper for her second.

With a passionate home crowd roaring them on, Chile came out firing in the second half. Daniela Pardo rattled the upright from distance on 48 minutes, and two minutes later the host nation pulled a goal back, when Karen Araya's free-kick was punched out by Charlotte Wood to Maria Mardones, who sent a precise header into the net from 18 yards.

Although Chile surged forward in search of the equalizer, it was the Kiwis who scored again on 66 minutes when substitute Renee Leota took advantage of confusion following a corner kick to hammer the ball home from close range. Nine minutes later it was 4-1, White completing her hat-trick by exploiting Ria Percival's diagonal pass.

Again Chile fought back, and Pardo knocked in Daniela Fuenzalida's cutback from the right on 83 minutes to keep the game alive. After Percival was dismissed for a second yellow card on 87 minutes, Chile scored their third when Pardo's excellent pass reached Daniela Zamora, who ran on to score. It was not enough, however: Chile are out, but they have given their fans plenty of entertainment along the way.