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Football Ferns destroy Fiji to qualify for 2019 Football World Cup, 2020 Olympics

The Football Ferns have booked their spot at next year's Women's Football World Cup, defeating Fiji 8-0 to win the Oceania Nations Cup in New Caledonia.

Wasting little time, Rosie White opened the scoring for New Zealand, netting in the first minute to put the Football Ferns ahead.

From there, it was one way traffic, with the Football Ferns merciless in their approach.

Three more first half goals, coming to Sarah Gregorious, Betsy Hassett and Meikayla Moore saw New Zealand lead 4-0 at the break, while Fiji were reduced to 10-players.

Katie Rood opened the scoring in the second half, scoring after just three minutes, before the trio of White, Gregorious and Moore all managed braces in the second spell.

The win sees the Football Ferns qualify for both next year's World Cup in France, as well as a spot at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

New Zealand finished the tournament with five wins from five matches, scoring 43 goals without conceding, while Gregorious' eight strikes saw her finish as the leading scorer to take home the golden boot.

The Football Ferns celebrate with the Oceania Nations Cup
The Football Ferns celebrate with the Oceania Nations Cup Source: Photosport


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