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Summary

  1. European champions the Netherlands kick off their campaign
  2. Dutch striker Miedema was WSL top scorer last season with 22 goals
  3. New Zealand have never won a World Cup game (D3 L9)
  4. Watch on Red Button and at top of this page
  5. Fifa Women’s World Cup Group E

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. See yah!

    New Zealand 0-0 Netherlands

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport at Stade Océane

    New Zealand right-back
    CJ Bott was on her way to book a ferry to England after that piece of skill
    from Lieke Martens. The whole stadium loved that one.

  2. it was announced that New Zealand’s women’s football team, the ‘Football Ferns’, will be given the same pay as their men’s team, the ‘All Whites.’

    New Zealand were one of the first countries in the world to do this along with Norway.

    The New Zealand deal means women playing for the national team will receive equal payments and prize money.

    They will also have the same rights for image use and can enjoy the same travel arrangements as the men’s team while representing New Zealand.

    Striker Sarah Gregorius (pictured) said: “It’s such an awesome line that we’ve now drawn in the sand.”

    The BBC News Reality Check team have taken a look at the gender pay gap here.

  • Can the Netherlands go all the way?

    New Zealand v Netherlands (14:00 BST)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport at Stade Océane

    The Dutch fans have taken over Le Havre, with face
    painting taking place on the shuttle bus on the way out of town to Stade
    Oceane. Ena (second left) is in fine form and confident about today’s game. But
    when I asked her about repeating the heroics of Euro 2017, she wasn’t so sure.
    “There are a lot of good teams in this tournament.”

    The Netherlands will be one of them, though. Watch out
    for their front three of Martens, Van de Sanden and Miedema. We need a Messi, Suarez, Neymar style acronym. Any
    thoughts?

    Dutch fans

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  • Look who’s watching…

    New Zealand v Netherlands (14:00 BST)

  • Here come the Dutch…

    New Zealand v Netherlands (14:00 BST)

    There’s something magical in the support of the Dutch national teams at major finals.

    The orange colours, the emotional support from their fans – it’s a joy to behold. Will this spur on the Leeuwinnen (Lionesses) to victory against New Zealand?

    Dutch fans arrive at the stadium in Valenciennes

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    Dutch fans

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    Dutch at the stadium in Valenciennes

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  • De ja vu?

    New Zealand v Netherlands (14:00 BST)

    Lieke Martens

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    The two sides met in the opening game of the World Cup four years ago in Edmonton, Canada.

    Lieke Martens, who plays again today, scored the only goal for the Netherlands in a 1-0 victory.

  • Team news

    New Zealand v Netherlands (14:00 BST)

    New Zealand

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    Star defender and skipper Ali Riley starts forNew Zealandhaving played 19 straight World Cup and Olympic Games matches dating back to 2008. She has not missed a single minute in that time.

    New Zealand XI:Nayler, Bott, Stott, Erceg, Riley, Hassett, Bowen, Percival, White, Chance, Gregorious.

    Netherlands

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    Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema leads the line for theNetherlands.She was named the PFA Player of the Year last season after topping the Women’s Super League charts with 20 goals and 10 assists in just 20 appearances.

    Netherlands XI:Van Veenendaal, Van Luteren, Van der Gragt, Bloodworth, Van Es, Groenen, Van de Donk, Spitse, Martens, Van de Sanden, Miedema.

  • Tough ask

    New Zealand v Netherlands (14:00 BST)

    New Zealand women's team

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    12 games played at the World Cup, zero victories.

    New Zealand’s record on the biggest stage is pretty dreadful and it does not get any easier.

    Today they come up against European champions the Netherlands in Le Havre.

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