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VIVIANNE MIEDEMA struck twice to break a record and help put Holland into the knockout stages.
The Arsenal star (below) headed in just before the interval and added a second late on to become her country’s top scorer, with 60 goals in just 77 games.
A goalkeeping error allowed Gabrielle Onguene to equalise for Cameroon in a fiery Group E encounter, but
Holland were soon ahead again through Miedema’s club team-mate Dominique Bloodworth.
Miedema’s 41st-minute opener came from a Shanice van de Sanden cross, but two minutes later keeper Sari van Veenendaal was caught out of position when coming to deal with a ball looped forward to the edge of the box, and Onguene nipped in to level.
Holland were 2-1 up three minutes into the second half when Cameroon failed to clear a free-kick and Bloodworth turned in from close range. And it was no surprise when Women’s Super League top scorer Miedema, 22, had the final say.
With five minutes left she fired past keeper Annette Ngo to eclipse Manon Melis’s 59 goals for Holland and make it two wins from two games for the European champions.
Cameroon, beaten by Canada in their opener, must hope to finish as one of the four best third-placed sides if they are to reach the last 16. BETH MEAD says surviving the Argy-bargy with Argentina on Friday proves the Lionesses will not be bullied out of the World Cup.
Arsenal striker Mead laid on the winner for Jodie Taylor, sending England into the knockout stages.
But it was a difficult evening in Le Havre with the South Americans using all the methods at their disposal to disrupt Phil Neville’s side.
Midfielder Jill Scott said her toes were black and blue after being stamped on during the game as their opponents resorted to dirty tricks.
And Mead (left) said other countries will know that England can withstand any physical challenge. She said: “I’ve got a few bumps and bruises, but nothing I can’t shake off.
“We have seen them try and play a few mind games, a few things that went on out on the pitch.
“Phil told us, ‘Don’t get drawn into those types of battles’. They tried to do that, but we stayed professional.
“We are not going to be bullied. It’s about having the full package as team, but we are never going to pull out of a 50-50.”