Stalemate leaves Canada top
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Canada remain top of Group A after Denmark and Colombia fought out a 1-1 draw in front of 6,759 spectators at Auckland's North Harbour Stadium.

Matching the intensity and atmosphere served up by last night's thrilling opening match was always going to be a tall order and, in truth, this was a considerably more low-key affair in which neither side really excelled.

The first half belonged to the South American champions, who monopolised possession against a strangely cautious Danish outfit and went into the half-time break with a deserved 1-0 lead. The goal came from Tania Ariza, who justified her pre-tournament billing as one of Colombia's key players by racing through on to Yorely Rincon through ball and clipping a delicate shot into the far corner of the net after 20 minutes‘ play.

It took Denmark until the second half to begin imposing their influence on the match and the Europeans' increased sense of purpose and adventure was rewarded within six minutes of the restart. Pernilla was its architect, her lofted corner caused havoc in the Colombian six yard box, where goalkeeper Paula Forrero could only help the ball on its way into the net, with Simone Boye credited with the final touch

The Danes were fully deserving of an equaliser at this stage and they came closest to claiming all three points, although Rincon, Colombia's captain, could have floored them with a sucker punch in the dying stages, but only succeeded in pulling her shot wide.