Fleming, Prince Lead Canada Over New Zealand and Into Knockout Round

Fleming, Prince Lead Canada Over New Zealand and Into Knockout Round

Fleming, Prince Lead Canada Over New Zealand and Into Knockout Round

Canada enjoyed a comfortable victory over New Zealand to secure their place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Ferns avoided any further damage and must now rally for their final group stage match against the world's 46th-ranked nation, where they still have a chance to make history, even if only by winning at a World Cup for the first time.

The European champion Dutch (2-0-0) beat winless Cameroon 3-1 earlier Saturday at Valenciennes to advance to the round of 16.

But 73 per cent possession in the first 45 minutes did not produce a goal as Canada outshot the Football Ferns 8-1 (2-0 in shots on target).

New Zealand had lost their opening match to an injury-time goal against the Netherlands and struggled to create many clear openings.

Led by Tom Sermanni, former coach of Sweden and the United States, New Zealand was hurt in the first half when defender CJ Bott was injured and had to be subbed out.

Captain Christine Sinclair nearly made it 2-0 soon after, but her redirect from in front went high. Janine Beckie swung the kick to the near post where Sophie Schmidt flicked it and Sinclair was first to it and sent her header off the crossbar. The ball went to Kadeisha Buchanan whose header hit a defender as the game of aerial ping-pong continued.

Four years after lightning called a temporary halt to their Women's World Cup clash in Edmonton, Canada and New Zealand meet again at the soccer showcase with weather threatening to be a factor. Prince broke down the left and into the penalty area, before cutting the ball back for Fleming to slot past Erin Nayler.

Two minutes later Sinclair had an opportunity to increase the lead but was unable to keep a low cross from Beckie below the crossbar.

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Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince capped an impressive individual display when she knocked in a late second from close range after Sinclair's header came back off the post.

Despite the assist, it was another frustrating evening for 36-year-old Sinclair who is chasing retired American Abby Wambach's record of 184 worldwide goals. It was her 11th goal for Canada. The ball bounced to Prince who poked it into the open net.

Two wins in as many games for Canada at the Women's World Cup.

"We still feel confident, I think if anything more confident because we did play well and we did have those chances", said Riley.

"From working with both sets of players, I think there are lots of similarities - in their personalities, in how they're very grounded, how they're team-oriented and how they just get on with the job", he said.

New Zealand's World Cup record is 0-10-3, but six of those losses came in 1991 and 2007.

The Netherlands offer a step up in class, with Heiner-Moller noting the Dutch have "more experience, more confidence and with players playing in the bigger leagues in Europe".

Sermanni, a veteran coach who has also looked after the USA and Australian national teams, spent a year with the Canadian squad and was on Herdman's staff for the 2015 World Cup before moving on to coach the NWSL's Orlando Pride.

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