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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2007, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Typhoon hits Women's Cup schedule
Disgruntled Australia fans leave the Chengdu Sports Centre
Australia fans leave the stadium after the match was called off
Wednesday's matches in the Women's World Cup in China were postponed only an hour before kick-off after the threat of Typhoon Wipha diminished.

The hosts were set to meet New Zealand and Australia were to face Canada but both have been rearranged for Thursday.

The typhoon had already caused two games to be moved but uncertainties in the storm's direction meant the other games initially remained in place.

But Fifa was finally able to switch all four ties to ensure parity on Thursday.

The latest rescheduling means that the final four matches in the competition's group stages can now be played simultaneously, as originally scheduled, with the winners and runners-up in Groups C and D still to be decided.

606: DEBATE

"It's disappointing to find out so late about the rescheduling but it allows all teams to compete on an equal footing," said Australia coach Tom Sermanni, whose side were set to play in Chengdu.

A crowd of 60,000 had been expected for China's game with New Zealand in the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.

BBC interactive and the BBC Sport website will have live coverage of the match between Australia and Canada followed by Brazil v Denmark.



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