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Dutch, Canada win to advance at Women’s WC

By AAP Newswire

Netherlands and Canada will battle it out for top spot in Group E at the Women's World Cup after both recorded their second-straight wins at the tournament to lock up their places in the round of 16.

Vivianne Miedema scored a brace in a 3-1 win over Cameroon to become the Netherlands' record goalscorer.

Arsenal striker Miedema, who is only 22, opened the scoring just four minutes before the interval on Saturday with a header from Shanice van De Sanden's fine cross.

Cameroon were back on level terms two-and-a-half minutes later when Gabrielle Onguene rounded on-rushing Dutch goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal to slot home a cool side-footed finish.

The Dutch, however, upped the ante after the break and were in front again with soon after the restart.

Cameroon's Michaela Abam failed to deal with Jackie Groenen's cross and Dominique Bloodworth tapped into an empty net.

Then, with five minutes remaining, Miedema sealed the win with her 60th goal, in 77 internationals, to move above Manon Melis as the Netherlands top score of all time.

Miedema drifted into the penalty area before she unleashed a powerful right-footed shot, securing second win in as many matches for the Dutch, and condemning Cameroon to their second defeat of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Canada defeated New Zealand 2-0 at the Stade des Alpes.

Captain Christine Sinclair had hit the crossbar during the first half before Jessie Fleming broke the deadlock on 48 minutes in Grenoble.

Forward Nichelle Prince capped an impressive individual display when she knocked in the second from close range on 79 minutes after Sinclair's header came back off the post.

Netherlands and Canada will meet in Valenciennes on Thursday with top spot on the line while Cameroon and New Zealand will clash in Montpellier with nether side likely to excape the group stage.