Norway hit the heights

Melissa Wiik's second goal in as many games was enough to defeat New Zealand and qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2008 Olympic Games.

In doing so, Bjarne Berntsen's side also set an record for a six game unbeaten stretch at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, but were well-contained by an ever-improving New Zealand side.

Coach John Herdman had obviously done his homework on the Norwegians, as they were limited to just two opportunities during the opening 45 minutes. Sadly, for the Football Ferns, however, one of them led to the first goal of the evening.

In the eighth minute central midfielder Marie Knutsen found Leni Larsen Kaurin on the right-hand side and she delivered an inch-perfect cross for Melissa Wiik to head the ball past Jenny Bindon.

New Zealand almost mustered an immediate reply when Kirsty Yallop leapt above the Norwegian defence to meet Amber Hearn's cross, but the the 21-year-old saw her cross go narrowly over the bar.

The only other chance of note in the first half fell to the Europeans when Larsen Kaurin burst down the right flank, cut inside the box and fired in a low shot which Bindon saved superbly.

In the second half, Rebecca Smith's speculative 35-yard drive whistled just past Erika Skarboe, but in reality the Norway No1 was not tested during the 90 minutes.

The Kiwis will be looking for a win over USA in their final group game to make sure of a place in the quarter-finals and under Herdman's stewardship one should not rule it out.