All White on the night
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History was made in the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, as hat-trick heroine Rosie White gave New Zealand their first ever victory in a FIFA women's competition, while eliminating Colombia from the tournament.

Although New Zealand had the better of the early exchanges, Colombia had two excellent early chances to score. Ingrid Vidal, getting on the end of a right-wing cross, missed from point-blank range in the third minute, and on 17 minutes Victoria Esson made a fine save from Tatiana Ariza, who had found space on the right. At the other end, Sarah McLaughlin was clean through on goal, but could not beat the sprawling figure of Stefany Castano.

Out of the blue came a stunning New Zealand goal, just before half-time. Rosie White moved down the right and sent in what was perhaps meant as a cross, but it became a fizzing low shot which deceived Castano and crept in at the near post.

The Young Football Ferns' tails were up, and they continued to go forward in great numbers after the break. Jessica Rollings had the ball in the net from a rebound on 50 minutes but was called offside, and seven minutes later a sweeping Kiwi move ended with White forcing a good save from Castano.

The home side looked to have made things safe on 81 minutes, when White pounced on a weak goal-kick and finished neatly with her left foot. But Colombia pulled one back immediately, with Vidal surging past the New Zealand back four and playing in Ariza, who finished from close range.

The two-goal cushion was restored on 87 minutes, however; Hannah Wall stole the ball by the right-hand by-line, and crossed for White to head home and complete her hat-trick.