Vivianne Miedema scored twice as the European champions beat Cameroon 3-1 on Saturday to reach the last 16 at the Women's World Cup.
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The Netherlands had plenty of chances to score but had to wait for the 92nd minute to break the deadlock against a tough New Zealand defense.
Substitute Jill Roord headed home a stoppage-time winner as the Netherlands finally broke down New Zealand's defence to emerge with a 1-0 triumph.
Since the 2015 Women's World Cup, few teams have improved as much as the Netherlands.
The Matildas will enter the World Cup on their worst losing run in three years after a 3-0 thrashing by the Netherlands.
The Matildas will face off against European champions Netherlands in their final friendly before June's World Cup.
United States international Alex Morgan and Netherlands star Lieke Martens were among the players chosen for the FIFPro Women's World XI
The Netherlands became women's European champions for the first time with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Denmark on home soil.
England saw their dreams of winning Women's Euro 2017 shattered by a 3-0 semifinal loss to hosts Netherlands in their semifinal in Enschede.
Mizhuo Sakaguchi scored what turned out to be the deciding goal as defending champions Japan held off to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Lieke Martens' long strike from outside the box in the first half gave the Netherlands its first ever Women's World Cup goal and a 1-0 victory.
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When plotting out the bracket, it became clear that two of the world's best teams will likely meet early.
Substitute Kirsten Van De Ven scored in the 87th minute as the Netherlands earned a 1-1 draw with hosts Canada at the Women's World Cup on Monday.
Wang Lisi scored a stoppage-time goal to help lead China to a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the Women's World Cup.
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