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Women’s World Cup 2023: ‘Sorrow’ and ‘honor’ describe Kiwi spectators’ feelings post-elimination

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New Zealand has made history as the first host nation to exit during the group stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, although they earned more points (4) this year than in their last five World Cup attempts combined (3).

When the final whistle marked the cessation of New Zealand’s Women’s World Cup aspirations, Shed 6 at Wellington’s waterfront went mute.

This was followed by a wave of applause from hundreds of local residents who were viewing the game on a large display in the nation’s capital.

Achieving a remarkable inaugural victory over Norway on the tournament’s debut evening, the co-hosts said their goodbyes to the competition at 20:58 local time on Sunday, after an evening filled with suspense.

After a nil-nil game against Switzerland, the Football Ferns ended with the same points as Norway – four from three matches – who defeated the Philippines with a score of 6-0 in their last group match.

Due to a superior goal difference, Norway moved forward to the elimination stage together with Group A winners Switzerland.

Excitement echoed as fans drummed on the tables and erupted in cheers when the fourth referee indicated at least eight minutes of additional time in the New Zealand-Switzerland match.

The air was filled with cheers and whistles when Football Ferns goalkeeper, Victoria Esson, made a move for a 96th-minute corner but unfortunately missed the target.

Even fans from Japan, who were present for Monday’s Group C clash with Spain (08:00 BST start), joined in the cheer for each forward push made by New Zealand at the indoor fan zone.

In the end, a strong feeling of dissatisfaction was mingled with honor as the Football Ferns narrowly missed their chance.

“Tons of World Cups are still to come and the Kiwi women are only enhancing their football skills,” expressed Terry Lynch, who watched the match on the large screen with his son Dante.

“The Football Ferns deserve significant appreciation because their performance was splendid.

“Sadly, goals determine the game and we couldn’t get any. When you compete against the best, you have to consistently perform at your peak.

“Despite the disappointment, there is significant pride in the women giving their best shot.

“I am eager to see where we stand four years from now in the next World Cup. We will return.”

Annie Kennedy expressed that despite the Football Ferns’ elimination, their performance had shifted perspectives in New Zealand.

“The exit is heartbreaking, but it fills me with optimism,” she added.

“The initial mindset in the country was that New Zealand would not perform well and achieve anything in this tournament.

“But the initial victory over Norway has entirely reversed everyone’s thoughts. There is newfound hope and belief. I perceive that as a monumental success.”

Looking ahead, Annie anticipates exciting times for the Football Ferns.

“Some experienced players in the team will be retiring soon,” she mentioned. “The time leading up to the next Women’s World Cup will be extremely crucial and exciting.”

Post New Zealand’s exit, Mandy Lewis shared she would support another team in the tournament, though she hadn’t decided which one.

“Certainly not Australia,” she added with a smile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

When did New Zealand exit the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023?

New Zealand exited the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 during the group stages. Despite winning a historic match against Norway on the tournament’s opening night, they were unable to progress due to an inferior goal difference.

How did New Zealand fans react to their team’s exit?

New Zealand fans reacted with a mix of disappointment and pride. Although saddened by the team’s early exit, they were proud of the Football Ferns’ performance, especially their historical win over Norway.

Did New Zealand perform better in this World Cup compared to their previous campaigns?

Yes, New Zealand performed better in the 2023 World Cup than in their previous campaigns. They accumulated more points (4) this year than in their last five World Cup attempts combined (3).

What was the result of New Zealand’s final group match?

The final group match for New Zealand, against Switzerland, ended in a goalless draw. Despite finishing with the same points as Norway, they did not advance to the knockout stages due to an inferior goal difference.

What are fans looking forward to post-New Zealand’s exit?

Fans are looking forward to the Football Ferns’ future performance, with optimism sparked by their improving skills and historic victory. They eagerly anticipate the next Women’s World Cup and New Zealand’s potential success in the tournament.

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WellingtonWarrior July 31, 2023 - 7:16 am

can’t help but feel a mix of pride n disappointment. it was an incredible journey, from beating Norway to the heartbreaking exit… Football, eh?

NZSportsFanatic July 31, 2023 - 9:16 am

Football Ferns really turned heads this time, even with the early exit. Can’t wait to see where we’ll be in the next world cup.

GoalGetter July 31, 2023 - 5:28 pm

A bit disapponted ngl. But hey, we’re only getting better. Four years time, watch out world, we’re comin!

FernsFan4Life July 31, 2023 - 7:21 pm

It’s not abt the destination, it’s abt the journey… And what a journey it was! Proud of our Football Ferns. Here’s to the future, folks!

SoccerLoverNZ August 1, 2023 - 12:01 am

Proud of our gals, they gave it their all! yeah it stings a bit but we played well against some of the best in the world.

KiwiFan101 August 1, 2023 - 1:05 am

so gutted we didn’t make it past groups… but man, that win over Norway… still gives me goosebumps! We’ll get em next time.


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