Breaking records is the norm for Vivianne Miedema, but even the Arsenal striker will admit that she has a really special Olympics.
The 25-year-old made history Tuesday when she broke Christine Sinclair’s longtime Olympic goalscoring record as the Netherlands beat China 8-2 in their final group stage game.
Canadian legend Sinclair is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
She holds a number of records, including the most international goals scored by a male or female player with 187 goals – more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Ferenc Puskás.
But Miedema broke one of his long-standing records, scoring eight of the Netherlands’ 21 goals in their first three group matches, breaking Sinclair’s previous record of six in a single Olympic campaign.
She hit two against China to end the Asian nation’s hopes at the tournament.
Miedema, who left Bayern Munich for Arsenal in 2017, also has the women’s Super League scoring record with a total of 59 goals in the English top flight.
Meanwhile, Caroline Weir’s deflected leveler earned the British side a 1-1 draw with Canada, which was enough to dominate Group E.
Adriana Leon’s opener in the second half seemed to have snatched the win in Canada before Weir, who had already hit the bar and post, struck late in Kashima.
This means the Brits won Group E with seven points and stayed in Kashima to face Australia on Friday.