- European qualifying play-off semi-finals started on Friday
- Netherlands declare first-leg benefit after house win over Denmark
- Switzerland come again twice to attract in Belgium
It was a combined Friday night of first-leg ends in the European zone qualifying play-off semi-finals for the FIFA Girls’s World Cup France 2019™, with the Netherlands incomes a helpful house win, whereas nothing might separate Belgium and Switzerland.
A pair of first-half targets from Lineth Beerensteyn and Shanice van de Sanden gave the Netherlands a 2-Zero victory over Denmark on the Rat Verlegh Stadion in Breda.
The Dutch, who defeated the Danes to win final yr’s European title on house soil, will fancy their possibilities of securing their spot within the qualifying play-off remaining with a second-leg lead to Viborg on Tuesday.
The opposite first leg led to stalemate on the Den Dreef Stadium in Leuven, as Belgium had been held to a 2-2 draw by Switzerland.
Janice Cayman gave the Belgians an early lead that the Crimson Flames held on the break. Nonetheless, the Swiss pulled degree on 55 minutes by means of the primary of two targets from Alisha Lehmann.
Although Laura Deneve restored the house aspect’s benefit on the hour mark, Lehmann struck once more three minutes from the tip to offer Switzerland two helpful away targets forward of Tuesday’s decisive second leg in Biel.
The winners of each semi-finals will meet in subsequent month’s play-off remaining for the final European qualifying spot at France 2019.