#FIFAWWC2019 Day 9: Canada and Netherlands progress

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A brace by Netherlands Vivianne Miedema saw her become all-time top-scorer for the Dutch WNT and helped her side past a troublesome Cameroon. Canada also made the last sixteen by beating New Zealand.

Group E

Miedema gets goalscoring record as Dutch go through

There were three goals in an eight-minute spell straddling the interval as Miedema’s diving header from Shanice van de Sanden’s cross opened the scoring, Gabrielle Onguene beat Sari van Veenendaal to long ball and finished perfectly but Dominique Bloodworth restored the lead at the second attempt after the ball was deflected back to her.

With 5 minutes left of a sometimes tetchy game, Miedema thumped the ball past Annette Ngo Ndom to overtake Manon Melis with her 60th goal and lead the Dutch top-scorers list while still only aged 22.

The Netherlands had around 13,000 fans among the 22,000 crowd to witness the record being broken and their team progressing to the knockout stages.

Second-half double sends Canada into knockout stages

Canada dominated New Zealand but had to wait until the second half for the two goals that ensured them three points.

New Zealand lost Catherine Bott early on to a hand injury and the resulting corner saw Christine Sinclair head against the bar and Kadeisha Buchanan’s follow-up cleared off the line.

Canada got their breakthrough 3 minutes after the restart, Nichelle Prince’s cut-back turned in by Jessie Fleming.

Prince was denied when Erin Nayler tipped her header over the top but got her goal 11 minutes from time when following up Sinclair’s header onto the post.