Netherlands tops Group E with victory over Canada

Lineth Beerensteyn got the winner for the Dutch

Lineth Beerensteyn got the winner for the Dutch

Christine Sinclair scored for Canada, and is now two goals shy of Abby Wambach's global record.

The Netherlands will now face 2015 runners-up Japan in Rennes next Tuesday, while Canada take on the winners of Group F, either Sweden or U.S., in Paris on Monday.

Both teams had already qualified before kickoff and they will be joined in the knockouts by Cameroon, who finished with three points and advanced as one of the best third-placed teams thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 win against New Zealand.

Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman chose to twist and brought on Beerensteyn in the 70th minute.

It would've been a rough way to go out, but Nchout danced around a few defenders to score a goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Their reward is a last-16 tie against Japan, who knocked them out at the same stage four years ago en route to losing to the United States in the final.

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"We played well as a team, adapted well, and the performance was great". Now I hope we'll play well against Japan, too.

Assessing his side's defeat, Canada coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller said: 'We played a team that was prepared and unafraid and they stepped forward and were very aggressive.

"We were a bit tighter in the second half but they took advantage well of the gaps we did leave".

Nine minutes after the break Holland then deservedly took the lead, with Montpellier midfielder Dekker heading home an inswinging free-kick from Sherida Spitse from seven yards. The lead only lasted five minutes before Canada's star striker Christine Sinclair equalised.

Nchout's early second half goal had looked to have been the difference, but Aurelle Awona's clearing attempt ended with her hammering a cross into her own goal with 10 minutes to play.

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