Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince each had second-half goals and Canada advanced to the knockout round at the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory against New Zealand on Saturday night in Grenoble, Franch.
Fleming took a well-placed pass from Prince and scored in the 48th minute to break up a scoreless match. The Netherlands also made it through to the round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in the other Group E match earlier in the day.
Fleming, who made her debut with the senior national team at 15, currently plays for U.C.L.A.
Prince scored in the 79th minute, putting in a rebound of Christine Sinclair’s header that hit the post.
Led by Tom Sermanni, former coach of Sweden and the United States, New Zealand was hurt in the first half when defender C. J. Bott was injured and had to be replaced.
Canada will face the Netherlands in the team’s final group match on Thursday in Reims. Cameroon and New Zealand will meet the same day in Montpellier.
The Canadians had never advanced from the group stage playing outside North America.
NETHERLANDS 3, CAMEROON 1 Vivianne Miedema scored two goals to lead the Netherlands past Cameroon in Valenciennes, France, putting the Dutch into the second round for the second straight time.
Miedema, who became her country’s career leading goal scorer with her 59th and 60th goals, put the Netherlands in the lead in the 41st minute of the Group E match at Stade du Hainaut and then finished it off in the 85th. She surpassed Manon Melis, who had 59 career goals.
Dominique Bloodworth also scored for the Netherlands, in the 48th minute, and Gabrielle Onguene got Cameroon’s goal in the 43rd.
Cameroon is in last place in the group, with no points and a minus-3 goal difference, and it is all but eliminated.