The Netherlands confirmed their place in the World Cup knockout stage with a game to spare as they beat Cameroon at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes.
Arsenal striker Vivienne Miedema scored her 59th and 60th international goals as she became the all-time top scorer for the nation in a match which sealed the Oranje’s qualification to the knockout stages.
The two sides went to the break in parity with goals having been scored by the same Miedema and Cameroon’s Gabrielle Onguene.
— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) June 15, 2019
Then in the second half, it was another Arsenal Dutch midfielder who gave the Netherlands the lead with Miedema securing the victory just five minutes from the ninety.
The Netherlands top Group E after winning back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time, before Canada’s match against New Zealand in Grenoble at 21:00 CET.
Canada hopes to finish Saturday in first place in Group E at the 2019 World Cup when it takes on New Zealand in their second match of the group stage.
Canada opened up the cup with a 1-0 win over Cameroon thanks to a Kadeisha Buchanan strike.
New Zealand looked headed for a point against the Netherlands, only to concede in the 92nd minute.
A win will all but assure Canada a spot in the knockout stage, while New Zealand is going to need at least a point to feel good about its chances of advancing.
As for Canada, the ladies looked strong in their opening game with 74 percent possession and 16 chances, but only putting one away had the result up in the air for most of the match. The movement was quality, they adapted to what Cameroon did defensively, and the creativity was there. The goals will come.
Next: New Zealand.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) June 11, 2019
New Zealand, on the other hand, experienced heartbreak in the first game, they now have the pressure on them here. Canada is physical and will cause them plenty of problems, so they will need to use their speed down the wings to try and get behind the backline.
A win over England before the Cup had raised expectations, but zero goals in the last 220 minutes is a cause for concern.