Dutch declare higher hand in play-off closing

  • The Netherlands take lead in UEFA qualification play-off closing for France 2019
  • Spitse, Martens and Miedema all rating for the European champions
  • Decisive second leg set for Tuesday 13 November in Switzerland

The Netherlands took a giant step in direction of qualification for the FIFA Girls’s World Cup France 2019™ after a Three-Zero house win over Switzerland within the first leg of their European zone qualification play-off closing on Friday night.

After a goalless first half on the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht, the Dutch took management of the two-leg play-off with three objectives after the break.

Sherida Spitse scored the match winner with a long-range free-kick on 49 minutes earlier than Lieke Martens doubled the Netherlands’ benefit, as The Greatest FIFA Girls’s Participant 2017 completed off an incisive counter-attack.

Sarina Wiegman’s facet ensured a three-goal cushion for subsequent week’s journey to Switzerland, as Vivianne Miedema drove house a robust right-foot shot with ten minutes remaining.

Friday’s end result leaves the Swiss with a giant job to beat the mixture deficit within the second leg at LIPO Park in Schaffhausen on Tuesday 13 November.

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