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New Zealand women continue World Cup preparations with success over Wales

New Zealand women have begun the final leg of their FIFA Women's World Cup preparations with a 2-0 win over Wales in the Matchworld Cup in Saviese, Switzerland. With the Ferns FIFA Women's World Cup Group B opener against Japan looming large, New Zealand coach John Herdman was pleased to be building momentum.

"It was a really professional performance today. We looked like a team heading to a World Cup," said Herdman.

"We were very solid against a well organised Welsh team. We were able to make lots of changes in the second half and still keep the pedal to the floor which was really good to see."

The Ferns play fellow World Cup finalists Colombia on Sunday (NZT) before wrapping up preparation against Denmark on Tuesday morning (NZT).

"Colombia are a team peaking for the World Cup so that'll be a real test and the Danes are the middle of their season and looking very sharp. The Danes are strong powerful athletes and the Colombians are technically proficient. They'll be different challenges but the exciting thing is that you'll see teams peaking and ready to play off against each other."

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