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Martens seals 1-0 Dutch win in World Cup opener
Published : Monday, 8 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 11

EDMONTON, JUNE 7: Lieke Martens scored the Netherlands' first women's World Cup goal in a 1-0 win over New Zealand on the opening day of the 2015 tournament in Canada on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, who plays club football in Sweden, scored the 21st goal of her international career with a superb 33-minute strike from outside the area.
It left Erin Nayler, 22, with no chance in the New Zealand goal.
Hannah Wilkinson had a chance to equalise late in the game but her shot was blocked by Dutch goalkeeper Loes Geurts.
Oceania champions New Zealand face a tough challenge to make it through to the knock-out stages as they next play Canada -- who beat China 1-0 earlier in Edmonton.
New Zealand have never made it out of the group stage of the World Cup in two previous appearances, but had been boosted by a run to the quarter-finals of the 2012 Olympics.
The Dutch, playing their first ever World Cup, next play China with their final group game against Canada.
The top two from each group advance to the last 16 along with the four best third place teams    AFP

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