Women's World Cup: As it happened- Beerensteyn strikes as Netherlands finishes on top of Group E

Lineth Beerensteyn's 75th-minute strike sealed the win for Netherlands, who finished at the top of Group E and will face Japan in the round of 16. Here's how the action unfolded in its clash against Canada.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

The action kicks off today at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims where Netherlands takes on Canada in Group E. Both teams are through to the round of 16, and both have six points each.

Canada comes into this match from a 2-0 win against New Zealand in its last fixture, while Netherlands enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in its previous clash.

Today, both teams will be gunning for the three points, as that would ensure the top spot in the group. So let's get going!

This is Manasi Pathak and I will be giving you all updates from the match.

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- Only one spot is left now with Cameroon taking the 15th spot. Now the action shifts to Group F, where Chile and Thailand will fight for contention as one of the four best third-place finishers.

- Cameroon has scored in additional time and has secured a place in the round of 16. Group E looks like this at the end of the group stage matches - 1) Netherlands (9 points), 2) Canada (6 points), 3) Cameroon (3 points), 4) New Zealand.

FULL TIME: NETHERLANDS 2-1 CANADA- Beerensteyn's 75th minute goal seals the match for the Oranje, after Dekker opened the account in the 55th minute. Sinclair found the net at the one-hour mark but it wasn't enough for Canada to seal the three points. As a result, Netherlands finishes as Group E table topper and will face Japan in the round of 16. Canada finishes second with six points.

90+2' Van de Sanden receives the ball on the edge of the box and decides to go for goal herself. She trying to curl her effort towards the top corner, but doesn't get the angle right and sends it wide of the goal instead.

90' Four minutes have been added on.

87' As it stands, Netherlands will face Japan (on account of finishing first in Group E).

83' GREAT CHANCE FOR BECKIE! Leon puts a good cross into the box from the left wing and Beckie rises to meet it at the far post. However, it's just too high for her and the cross skims over her head before going wide.

80' Meanwhile in the other fixture of Group E - Aurelle Awona has scored an own goal to cancel out Ajara Nchout's 58th-minute goal which had put Cameroon in the lead. As things stand, New Zealand and Cameroon have a point each. Their odds of qualification to the next round seems doubtful.

75' GOAL! NETHERLANDS 2-1 CANADA. LINETH BEERENSTEYN PUTS ORANJE UP! Beerensteyn triggers the attack as she gets past as many as three defenders before coming close to the edge of the box, where she plays the ball for her teammate. Van Lunteren squares her cross in the six-yard box and Beerensteyn pounces onto it to tap it into the back of the net to give her side the lead again.

71'  GOOD CHANCE FOR LEON! Fleming pulls away from Van Lunteren on the left wing and puts a good cross into the middle of the box where Leon is waiting. The substitute tries to hit her volley on the turn, but she can't direct it on target.

 

60' GOAL! NETHERLANDS 1-1 CANADA. CHRISTINE SINCLAIR NETS THE EQUALISER! Huitema starts the action from the middle as she plays a ball for Lawrence on the right. Lawrence whips in a cross for Sinclair in the box, who taps it into the net. Canada makes it even!

58' Sinclair got ahead of her defender and was left one-on-one with Van Veenendaal. She took her shot early and was trying to curl her effort into the top corner but it was just too high. It wouldn't have counted anyway though as the flag was up for offside.

 

55' GOAL! NETHERLANDS 1-0 CANADA. ANOUK DEKKER PUTS THE ORANJE AHEAD! Spitse steps up for the free-kick and she puts the ball into the box. Dekker rises high and gets to the end of it to give Netherlands the lead!

53' Netherlands is linking up really well down the right wing with some clever passes over Canada's players to get them in behind. As things stand, Netherlands will top Group E with seven points.

46' Second half is underway.

HALF TIME: NETHERLANDS 0-0 CANADA -  It was a half which had enough dose of action- from Canada's penalty kick being called off due to VAR to Netherlands coming agonisingly close to goal - the match has had its fair share of action. But failure to add the finishing touch means it is goalless at the break.

43' A miss pass from Netherlands allows Sinclair to pounce on the loose ball. She makes space for herself and controls the ball, before Schmidt makes way for Beckie to arrive in the middle. Beckie takes a shot from distance, but it lands safely into the hands of Van Veenendaal.

37' Van de Sanden twists and turns in the midfield before she unleashes a shot from distance. She curls it in but the there isn't enough dip for it to enter the crossbar. Custodian Labbe has been kept on her toes in the last few minutes, owing to Netherlands' lively attacking prowess.

33' MIEDEMA HITS THE POST! Van de Sanden squares the ball to her in the middle and she turns brilliantly to get away from Zadorsky in the middle. When she's in some space, Miedema hits her shot low to the far post, but her effort bounces back off the woodwork.

30' CLOSE! Brilliant build-up from Netherlands. Van de Sanden whips a cross into the box from the right wing, which surprisingly is quite on target even from a tight angle. This forces Labbe to come off her line to punch it away. She doesn't make good contact with it though and almost plays her side into trouble when she pushes it towards the near post. Zadorsky is covering though and Canada get it clear with some desperate defending.

27' Sinclair and Fleming combine well from the left wing before they aim for Huitema up top. However, Netherlands defence is quick to clear the ball, and a long ball is played by Dekker. On the counter, Miedema rushes to the goal but she has Buchanan marking her- the Canadian defender is first to reach the ball, and she clears it.

21' GOAL DISALLOWED- OFFSIDE! Schmidt's lobbed ball finds Huitema ahead, who runs in the box and beats goalkeeper Van Veenendaal' to slot the ball home. However, even before the ball was played for her, Huitema was offside and the goal is thus called off.

15' Van de Sanden whips in a low cross onto the edge of the box where Martens is waiting. The delivery is just behind Martens but she slips as she tries to get on the end of it, which allows Canada to win the ball back.

13' Beckie gets into a good position down the left wing for Canada and tries to play in Sinclair with a short pass. She just overhits it though and the captain can't keep it in play to put a cross into the box.

10' Netherlands is keeping more the ball, and as the Oranje teams up in the midfield, Van Dongen fires a cross from the right but it goes wide.

3' PENALTY OVERRULED! The referee has a look at the replay visuals, and also consults the VAR team. In the end, the referee calls off the penalty as she claims the challenge took place outside the box. No foul is awarded either. Canada takes a free-kick outside the box, where the challenge happened, but nothing comes off it for Sinclair.

2' PENALTY! Beckie is brought down in the box by Van Lunteren, and the referee gifts a penalty to Canada. VAR is undergoing a check now.

1' KICKOFF! Here we go.

STAT: Canada has only won one of its previous 12 World Cup games against European opposition (D1 L10 - 1-0 v Switzerland in 2015), conceding 38 goals and only scoring 11.

- Netherlands is donning the white colour while Canada is dressed in red. Whoever wins today, tops the group and will be pitted against Japan in the next round.

FACT: Canada’s Jordyn Huitema is making her first World Cup appearance today - and ironically she has some Dutch roots as well.

 

- Seven Nation Army starts playing as both teams walk out for the national anthems.

- In the Oranje, Groenen and Bloodworth are handed their 50th international caps today.

 

-  Netherlands sees one change in the team as Van Dongen replaces Van Es. Canada, on the other hand, bring Chapman and Huitema in for Riviere and Prince.

 

TEAM NEWS:

NETHERLANDS STARTING XI (4-3-3): Sari van Veenendaal; Desiree van Lunteren, Anouk Dekker, Dominique Bloodworth, Merel van Dongen; Jackie Groenen, Sherida Spitse, Danielle van de Donk; Shanice van de Sanden, Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens. 

CANADA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Stephanie Labbe; Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zardorsky, Allysha Chapman; Jessie Fleming, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt; Jordyn Huitema, Christine Sinclair, Janine Beckie.