GUN­NER VIV’S DUTCH MAS­TER

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY NEIL MOXLEY

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.”

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