Maren Mjelde scored on a free kick in the second half, giving Norway a 1-1 tie against top-ranked Germany in Ottawa, Ontario, yesterday in the first round of the Women's World Cup.

Germany outshot Norway, 27-4.

Anja Mittag put two-time champion Germany ahead in the sixth minute with her 37th international goal, chipping past Ingrid Hjelmseth after the goalkeeper failed to control Dzsenifer Marozsan's shot.

Mjelde curled in a free kick from just outside the penalty area in the 61st minute for her 11th international goal.

Both teams are 1-0-1 with four points, and Germany leads Group B on goal differential.

Canada 0, New Zealand 0: Women's World Cup host Canada played to a scoreless tie with New Zealand in Edmonton, Alberta.

Canada's is 1-0-1 with four points and sits atop its group with one game left. New Zealand (0-1-1) has never won a World Cup game in 11 chances.

The game was delayed for about 30 minutes after the fourth minute because of heavy storms and lightning.

Thailand 3, Ivory Coast 2: Thanatta Chawong scored an insurance goal in the 75th minute, which proved the difference for Thailand in Ottawa. Thailand improved its Group B record to 1-1-0 with three points, while Ivory Coast, 10-0 losers to Germany in its opener, fell to 0-2-0.

China 1, Netherlands 0: Wang Lisi scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give China a victory in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Wang took a pass from midfielder Tan Ruyin in the penalty area and was able to tap the ball just inside the far post past Sari van Veenenedaal, who was charging forward to challenge the play.

The last-ditch win puts China's opening-group play record at 1-1-0 for three points. The Netherlands, which beat New Zealand in its first-ever World Cup match last Saturday, fell to 1-1-0 for three points. -- AP