The Netherlands beat Sweden 1-0 in extra time late on Wednesday at Stade de Lyon in France to advance to the 2019 FIFA Womens' World Cup final. It only took a few seconds for the Netherlands to carve Sweden open from midfield to the edge of the penalty area, where Jackie Groenen advanced to hit a superb low shot past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
The USA are through to their third successive World Cup final after edging out England 2-1 on Tuesday.
The winning side will meet reigning champions the U.S. on Sunday, who secured their spot in the final on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over England's Lionesses. Oops. It's just a minor hamstring thing, not even really a strain but I wasn't quite able to go today.
Peter Gerhardsson's ladies had momentum after the half-hour mark and they almost broke the deadlock eight minutes before the break as Hurtig latched onto a close range chance in a goal-mouth scramble but van Veenendal was able to keep the Oranje in the game with a crucial save.
But the Dutch are part of the European wave of traditional men's soccer powerhouses who have invested in women's football in recent years and the country's improvement has been exceptional. Half of the USA's starting back line that day isn't with the team in France now. We can tell you it's leaning over, but its much stronger play is on the England vs. Sweden money line.
"Sweden is a good team, they are really organized, especially defending", Spitse said.
Both sides are managed by women, Sarina Wiegman coaching the Dutch and Jill Ellis leading the U.S. Of the 24 teams competing at the World Cup, only nine were coached by women. Netherlands lined up in their regular 4-3-3 formation with young forward Lineth Beerensteyn starting instead of the struggling Shanice van de Saanden.
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Just over eight minutes later, it was Netherlands' turn to come close as Miedema headed a corner, which Lindahl tipped up and off the crossbar.
Her darting runs behind the Swedish defense slowly unravelled the previously compact Swede backline as the humid conditions contributed to fatigue which further hindered Sweden's chances as the game progressed.
The victory against Italy has put Netherlands in the middle of their greatest World Cup in history.
Van de Sanden then saw a rasping effort saved in injury time as the semi-final went to extra-time.
"I have a feeling of emptiness, whether that's the match or Kosovare, I have a sense of emptiness".
Following their defeat, Sweden will take on England in a third-place playoff.
Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson understood.