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New Zealand v Netherlands: Women's World Cup 2019 – live!














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All told, this is a very entertaining game of football. Definite shades of the New Zealanders’ win over England, where they defended resolutely and nabbed a goal. The Kiwis are certainly doing better than their Antipodean cousins – Australia got tonked 3-0 by the Netherlands in their final pre-tournament friendly.





Half-time: New Zealand 0-0 Netherlands

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22 min: At the risk of jinxing them, these Kiwis can defend. They’re also putting in a strong defensive effort so far despite missing the services of Meikayla Moore, whose World Cup was over before it began when she ruptured her Achilles tendon in training the other day.





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It is a heavily Dutch crowd here in Le Havre – with swathes of orange in the crowd and only the odd patch of white (the New Zealand football teams wear white, in contrast to their rugby colleagues). The Netherlands are definitely favourites today, so it could be a fun day in the sun for the visiting Dutch fans.

The Dutch are out in force.

The Dutch are out in force. Photograph: Bernadett Szabó/Reuters

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