Needing only a draw, the Netherlands took the lead against Canada at the start of the second half before a Christine Sinclair goal evened the scores. Lineth Beerensteyn’s goal 15 minutes from time saw the Oranje retake the lead to progress as group winners with nine points – they’ll face Japan in Rennes on Tuesday.
As group runners-up, Canada will face Sweden in Paris on Monday.
There was also plenty of interest in the match between the bottom two teams in Group E too with both teams able to progress. Ajara Nchout’s goal just before the hour had the Indomitable Lionesses progressing until Aurelle Awona’s own goal brought New Zealand level. The match heating up at the very death as Nchout danced through the defence and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to give Cameroon all three points and see them through to the round of 16.
As one of the top four third-placed teams, Cameroon will play England in Valenciennes.
Against a much-changed Sweden team, the USA took the lead three minutes in when Lindsey Horan was left unmarked at a corner. The floodgates, however, failed to open to Jill Ellis’ team despite heavy pressure and a suspect looking Swedish defence. A goal early in the second half after a Jonna Andersson own goal put the tie to bed and the USA eased their way to the whistle.
As group winners, the US have found themselves on the so-called, harder side of the bracket, their first knock-out match a clash against Spain in Reims. For finishing second in the group, Sweden will travel to Paris to play Canada.
Scoreless at the break Chile took a fortunate lead when the ball bounced between players and flew in off of the goalkeeper’s boot. In with a chance of progressing, María José Urrutia’s late header made for a stressful last ten minutes which could have seen La Roja grab their vital third goal had it not been for Francisca Lara crashing her penalty against the bar. Meaning that Nigeria is the final third-placed team to progress and they will play Germany in Grenoble.
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