Jackie Groenen in action for the Netherlands.

Women's World Cup: Reds' last-16 opponents revealed

With the Women's World Cup group stage settled, three Manchester United Women players have learned which team they will face with their respective nations in the knockout phase of the competition.

After England already confirmed their place in the last-16 on Wednesday night, Jackie Groenen and the Netherlands also sealed their spot in the knock-outs thanks to a 2-1 victory over Canada, with Groenen playing the full 90 minutes in defence.

After a goalless first half, which saw a penalty for the Dutch denied by VAR, Anouk Dekker broke the deadlock as the Montpellier midfielder rose to head in Sherida Spitse's free-kick.

However, Canada hit back, six minutes later, with skipper Christine Sinclair firing home following a brilliant ball into the box by Ashley Lawrence.

Desiree van Lunteren, Jackie Groenen and Merel van Dongen
Jackie Groenen and her compatriots will meet Japan in the last-16 of the Women's World Cup.

The reigning European champions weren't pegged back for long though, and restored their lead with 15 minutes to spare as substitute Lineth Beerensteyn slid in to meet Desiree van Lunteren's low cross from the right.

Victory for Jackie and her compatriots means the Dutch will face 2015 finalists Japan on Tuesday 25 June (20:00 BST) for a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.


The Netherlands join England in the last 16 as the Lionesses secured a third successive win on Wednesday against Sweden to top their group.

Alex Greenwood and our new signing, Abbie McManus, will now face Cameroon in Valenciennes on Sunday 23 June (16:30 BST), after the African side stunned New Zealand with a 95th-minute winner to reach the knockout stages for the second consecutive tournament.

Should Phil Neville's side make it through, they will come up against the winners of Norway versus Australia, while a victory for the Dutch would see them meet either China or Italy. 

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