The Football Ferns had frustrated Brazil thanks to a disciplined defensive display in their Group E encounter in Cardiff and looked set to boost Great Britain's hopes by holding the Samba Queens to a goalless draw.
But Cristiane calmly lobbed Jenny Bindon five minutes from time after the New Zealand keeper's punch had gone straight to her, despite a desperate attempted clearance from Abby Erceg.
Like Brazil, the United States secured their progress into the quarter-finals with a regulation 3-0 win over Colombia at Hampden Park.
Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring with a fine dipping shot from outside the area on 32 minutes and the US would have been further ahead at the break but for two desperate goal line clearances from Colombian captain Natalia Gaitan.
Abby Wambach did eventually make the Americans' domination count 17 minutes from time and Carli Lloyd rounded off an excellent team move for the third three minutes later.
France got their campaign back on track with a comprehensive 5-0 win over DPR Korea at Hampden.
Bruno Bini's side, who lost 4-2 to the USA on Wednesday, were stifled by the Koreans for the majority of the first-half but made the breakthrough a minute before the break as Laura Georges rose unmarked to head home Sandrine Soubeyrand's corner.
Song Mi Yun forced French keeper Sarah Bouhaddi into her most uncomfortable moment with a long-range free-kick that she bundled just wide 10 minutes into the second-half, but the introduction of Camille Abily and Elodie Thomis gave the Europeans an extra gear and Thomis doubled their advantage with 20 minutes remaining.
Marie-Laure Delie tapped home the third from Thomis's cross a minute later before Wendie Renard headed home and Camille Catala bulleted in another pinpoint cross from Thomis.
World Cup holders Japan failed to capitalise on their territorial dominance and were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in a Group F clash at the City of Coventry Stadium.
Japan had enough chances to have won comfortably but were let down by poor finishing and some fine saves from Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
It means that the Swedes, beaten by Japan in the 2011 World Cup semi-finals, still head the group on goal difference from their opponents.
In the other Group F clash, Melissa Tancredi and Christine Sinclair (2) scored the goals as Canada beat South Africa 3-0 in Coventry.
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