- Second wins will take the Netherlands and Canada to the last 16
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On Saturday, the situation for all four Group E sides is crystal clear. With three points apiece already, Canada and the Netherlands both know that another victory will take them through to the last 16 with a game to spare. For their respective opponents, New Zealand and Cameroon, it’s just as simple: avoid defeat or the most they can hope for is one of the best third-place slots.
Netherlands-Cameroon, Group E, Valenciennes, 15:00
Team Reporter analysis
Emma Coolen (NED)
Spirits were high in the Dutch camp after that stoppage-time winner over New Zealand, but the Oranjeleeuwinnen are well aware that they will have to significantly improve for this match against Cameroon. Positive news for Sarina Wiegman’s side is that Anouk Dekker returns from suspension and she is likely to be in back the starting line-up against Cameroon, forming a strong - and tall - central defensive duo with Stefanie van der Gragt.
Cynthia Nzetia (CMR)
The match against Canada proved that Cameroon could defend. Now it's the Netherlands, European champions, who stand in the way of the Indomitable Lionesses. Tough opposition once again, and this time Cameroon will need to find a way of combining a solid defence with a potent attack. The team does at least have a variety of offensive options with Michaela Abam recovering well from her groin injury, Gaelle Enganamouit having looked fresh in her substitute’s appearance and Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck providing speed and dribbling skills.
Canada-New Zealand, Group E, Grenoble, 21:00
Mona Yeganegi (CAN)
Canada heads to Grenoble for their second group stage match against a team they know very well, having faced New Zealand multiple times. You might remember that these sides were in the same group during the last FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and that their meeting ended in a tense 0-0 draw. Both teams have changed significantly over the four years since but one thing remains: the respect with which Canada will treat their Oceania opponents.
Brendan Bradford (NZL)
It’s a new day, a new city and a new match for the Football Ferns. Coach Tom Sermanni stressed that there were more positives than negatives to take out of Tuesday’s heart-breaking defeat to the Netherlands and the team has quickly resolved to put the result - and that 92nd-minute goal - behind them. Saturday will show whether they have been successful in doing so. They face extremely tough opposition in Canada who are ranked fifth in the world and are coming off a similarly hard-fought 1-0 win over Cameroon.