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Netherlands top Canada but still looking to fulfill potential in Women's World Cup

REIMS, France -- The Netherlands secured the top spot in Group E on Thursday, beating a valiant Canada team 2-1. The European champions will face Japan in the last 16 on June 25 in Rennes. Canada will face either the United States or Sweden.

The game could have been totally different, but VAR overturned a penalty given by French referee Stephanie Frappart after just 90 seconds in favour of the Canadians.

Anouk Dekker and Lineth Beerensteyn scored on either side of Christine Sinclair's goal...

Netherlands down Canada to win Group E

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The Netherlands' Anouk Dekker and Lineth Beerensteyn breached Canada's normally rock-solid defence with second-half goals to secure a 2-1 win that earned them top spot in Group E at the Women's World Cup on Thursday.

Dekker and Beerensteyn scored either side of Christine Sinclair's goal to put the Dutch on a maximum nine points with Canada, who had not conceded in their previous two games, finishing second on six.

The Netherlands will face Japan in the last 16 while Canada will take on either the...

Canada book spot into last-16 with win at WWC

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Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince got second-half goals to give Canada a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and book their place in the last 16 of the women's World Cup.

Canada dominated the first half and Fleming put them ahead three minutes after the interval following a fine run by Prince who cut the ball back for her team mate to score from eight metres.

Prince grabbed the second goal 11 minutes from time, stabbing home from close range after Christine Sinclair's header struck the post.

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Buchanan goal helps Canada edge past Cameroon

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Kadeisha Buchanan, left, celebrates her goal against Cameroon on Monday.

Defender Kadeisha Buchanan scored on the stroke of half-time to hand Canada a winning start to the women's World Cup as they edged Cameroon 1-0 at a rainy Stade de La Mosson on Monday.

Buchanan came storming in at a corner and delivered a textbook header to break the deadlock.

Yet it was an unconvincing performance from Canada, who are fifth in the FIFA women's rankings and were quarterfinalists at the last World Cup.

Despite all their possession and passing, Canada managed just three efforts on...

Canada back Common Goal ahead of World Cup

The Canadian women's national team have got behind Common Goal ahead of the World Cup.

Fifteen players and one staff member have pledged one percent of their salaries to the charity initiative, spearheaded by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, which has already raised $1.3 million.

The group, which includes 35-year-old captain Christine Sinclair and 18-year-old Jordyn Huitema, follow goalkeeper Erin McLeod who signed up in February.

"When I heard about Common Football I just thought 'Of course....