China draw New Zealand to advance at Women’s World Cup

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Wang Shanshan scored on a perfectly timed header and China benefited from a questionable called penalty to earn a 2-2 draw in the Women’s World Cup against New Zealand on Monday.

With the draw, China advances to the knockout stage as the second team from Group A.

New Zealand (0-2-1) went up 1-0 on a goal by Rebekah Ashley Stott in the 28th minute, but China tied the game on a penalty kick by Wang Lisi. The penalty came after New Zealand’s Betsy Hassett was called for a hand ball in the penalty box, though replays showed the ball hit her chest and head.

China (1-1-1) went ahead 2-1 on Shanshan’s goal in the 60th minute, with New Zealand tying the game five minutes later on a goal by Hannah Wilkinson.