With her two goals against Cameroon in the Netherlands’ 3-1 win, Vivianne Miedema became the record scorer for the Oranje. The previous all-time scorer was Manon Melis, who scored 59 goals in 136 games between 2004 and 2016. Today in Valenciennes, Miedema first tied Melis’ record with a first half header, before breaking the record in the second half, with a driven right-footed shot in the 85th minute. Miedmea took only 77 games to break the record, all before she turns 23 in July.
It was Miedema’s first two goals of this World Cup, and her first goals ever at the World Cup, after not scoring in 2015. With the two goals, and Dominique Bloodworth’s eventual winner, scored in the 48th minute, the Netherlands won 3-1, and qualified for the knockout round of the World Cup. Miedema is the second Arsenal player to score for the Netherlands’ in this World Cup, following new signing Jill Roord’s winner against New Zealand earlier this week.