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Panama just one win from first Women's World Cup after one hell of a bicycle kick

Panama secured a 2-0 win over Papua New Guinea in the final qualifying playoffs for the Women's World Cup in New Zealand on Sunday and will face Paraguay, who beat Taiwan 4-2 on penalties in a thrilling game.

With both teams seeking World Cup qualification for the first time, Panama and Paraguay will face off in Hamilton on Thursday.

Cameroon will face Portugal, and Haiti will take on Chile in the other two playoffs on Wednesday for the July 20 to Aug. 20 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, which will be the first edition to feature 32 teams.

Marta Cox opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a spectacular bicycle kick as Panama started strongly at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.

Substitute Riley Tanner made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute, dancing her way through the Papua New Guinea defense before finishing off in style.

Tanner thought she had added a third goal in the 84th minute with an easy tap-in, but the goal was ruled out following a VAR check because she was offside in the build-up.

Earlier, Paraguay rallied to a penalty shootout win over Taiwan after the game finished 2-2 following extra time at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Taiwan went 1-0 up in the 21st minute after captain Lai Li-Chin volleyed home a brilliant cross and Su Sin-Yun doubled the lead in the 75th minute when she slotted home the ball, which ricocheted off the crossbar following a freekick by Lai. Paraguay made it 2-1 in the 80th minute as Dulce Quintana finished off a team move with a thumping strike before Lice Chamorro scored an equalizer a minute later, forcing extra time in the game.

Paraguay substitute Fatima Acosta had a goal ruled out for offside in the 100th minute, while Taiwan's Pao Hsin-hsuan skied her penalty kick in the final moments of extra time.

Paraguay completed a shootout victory when Chamorro scored the winning penalty after Quintana, Fany Gauto and Maria Vecca all found the net for the South Americans. For Taiwan, Zhuo Li-ping hit the post and Pao had her spot kick saved by goalkeeper Alicia Bobadilla as the team left the field in tears.

Paraguay vs. Taiwan highlights | FIFA Women's World Cup playoffs

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Bradley Perrett) 

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