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New Zealand first to book ticket to France

New Zealand's Samantha Tawharu celebrates
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  • New Zealand book ticket to U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
  • Kiwis assured top spot at OFC U-19 Women's Championship
  • France 2018 will be the nation's seventh successive U-20 Women's World Cup

New Zealand have secured passage to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 to become the first nation to qualify, in addition to the host nation.

New Zealand are assured of top spot with a match to spare in the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship after second-placed Papua New Guinea were defeated 3-2 by Fiji in Friday's final match.

The Kiwis maintained their perfect record earlier in the day with a 6-0 victory over Samoa making it four wins from as many starts.

New Zealand now sit five points clear of Fiji heading into Monday’s final round of the six-team tournament.

France 2018 will be New Zealand’s seventh successive appearance at the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Africa's qualifiers commence on Friday with two spots up for grabs to the world stage.

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