Netherlands female striker equal Robben record with World Cup goal against Vietnam

By Vinh San   August 2, 2023 | 01:03 am PT
Netherlands female striker equal Robben record with World Cup goal against Vietnam
Lieke Martens (#11) during the Women's World Cup game between Vietnam and the Netherlands on August 1, 2023. Photo by Reuters
A goal against Vietnam in the Tuesday game helped Lieke Martens become the first female Dutch player to score at three consecutive World Cups.

Martens opened the scoring for the Netherlands in the 7-0 victory over Vietnam at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The goal made Martens the most prolific scorer of the Netherlands in World Cup history. Previously, Vivianne Miedema and Martens both shared this title with three goals each at the World Cup.

Before this, Martens scored at the 2015 World Cup, against New Zealand, and the 2019 World Cup against Japan. As a result, she became the first Dutch female player to score in three consecutive World Cups. So far, this feat is only achieved by football stars of the Netherlands men's team Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben.

The 30-year-old striker was not the only player of the Netherlands that set a record after the game with Vietnam. Coming on as a substitution at halftime, midfielder Wieke Kaptein became the youngest Dutch player to appear at the World Cup.

Kaptein was 17 years and 337 days old when she came on as a sub. The previous record was set by Bertus de Harder, who was 18 years and 142 days old in 1938.

Esmee Brugts became the third youngest player in history to score twice in a World Cup game. The midfielder was 20 years and four days old when she scored the third and sixth goals for the Netherlands against Vietnam. The youngest player to score a brace in the Women's World Cup is Denmark's Gitte Krogh at 18 years and 24 days old.

The game against Vietnam was also a special occasion for defender Dominique Janssen, who has reached 100 appearances for the Netherlands women's team. She is the sixth Dutch player in history to achieve this.

The 28-year-old defender, who plays for VfL Wolfsburg in Germany, made her debut for the national team nine years ago. She made two assists for Martens and Jill Roord in the game.

There are five players in the Netherlands team who have played more than 100 international games, including Jackie Groenen, Daniëlle van de Donk, Martens, Stefanie van der Gragt and captain Sherida Spitse.

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