Women's World Cup: Reds trio through, pair in peril
Manchester United Women will have at least three players in the knockout phase of the World Cup in France but another pair are close to elimination following their national side's second defeat of the tournament.
The Lionesses were followed into the last 16 by the Netherlands, who beat Cameroon 3-1 in Group E on Saturday afternoon with our summer signing Jackie Groenen playing the full game in midfield. The Oranje's 22-year-old striker Vivianne Miedema - who was described by United Women head coach Casey Stoney as having
“frightening”potential - netted her record 59th and 60th goals for her country and was joined on the scoresheet by fellow Arsenal player Dominique Bloodworth.
In Friday's other Group D fixture, there was a boost for the Reds' Lizzie Arnot and Kirsty Smith when they were selected in Scotland's starting line-up to face Japan, having both come on as substitutes in their first fixture against England.
Smith played the entire match at Stade de la Route de Lorient in Rennes; Arnot was replaced on the hour mark by Claire Emslie, who had scored in the 2-1 loss to England.
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