Danish free-kicks sink Ferns
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Two second-half free-kicks in quick succession proved to be New Zealand's undoing in Wuhan, as Denmark ran out 2-0 winners to boost their chances of progression from a competitive Group D.

Katrine Pedersen curled home a sublime opener on 61 minutes, and from her inswinging cross five minutes later, Cathrine Paaske Sorensen headed home a second.

The result moved Denmark level on three points with China PR, who went down 4-0 to Brazil. Following a 3-2 loss to the tournament hosts first time out, Denmark will now prepare to face the Brazilians - who top the pool on six points - in their final group game in Hangzhou on Wednesday.

For their part, the Kiwis, pointless from two games and with a minus-seven goal difference, are all but eliminated ahead of their last group fixture against China.

Player of the Match: Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen (DEN)