Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince got second-half goals to give Canada a 2-0 victory against New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup on Saturday in Grenoble, France. The win clinched a spot in the round of 16 for the Canadians.
Canada dominated play but could not score until Fleming converted a pass from Prince from about eight yards out in the 48th minutes.
Prince scored in the 79th minute, tapping the ball into an open net stabbing home after Christine Sinclair’s header struck the post.
Canada is tied for the lead in Group E with the Netherlands, which also clinched a spot in the second round with a 3-1 win against Cameroon. Canada had never advanced out of the group stage in a Women’s World Cup outside North America.
“It is a great team, I can trust the players,” Canada Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller said.
The defeat means the New Zealanders, who finished with no shots on goal and just 30 percent of possession, have gone 14 games without a win at the Women’s World Cup and have little hope of advancing.
“I think we were holding on from the start, to be honest, and never got a foothold in the game,” New Zealand Coach Tom Sermanni said.
Canada has not given up a goal in the tournament in 256 minutes, dating to the 2015 event.
On Thursday, Canada will play the Netherlands, and New Zealand will face Cameroon.
NETHERLANDS 3, CAMEROON 1 Vivianne Miedema scored twice, becoming the Netherlands’ top goal scorer ever and leading the way past Cameroon in Valenciennes, France.
Cameroon adopted a cautious approach, with five players in the back line and four in front of them for the majority of the game.
The tactics worked until Shanice van de Sanden’s perfect cross found Miedema, who powered home a thumping header in the 41st minute.
Cameroon responded two minutes later as Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene timed her run perfectly to latch on to a long ball before beating goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.
The Netherlands, the European champion, retook the lead in the 48th minute when Dominique Bloodworth converted from close range for her first international goal.
Miedema added a goal in the 85th minute. It was her 60th score for the Netherlands, one better than the total Manon Melis had.
“It is something special, something I’m only going to live once,” the 22-year-old Miedema said, adding, “It’s a World Cup — you score a goal, so I think you can cheer and be a little crazy about it.”
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