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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 De...

  • 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.

Dutch win, Belgians held at house

  • 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.

Dutch delight and a profitable comeback 


FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018

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  • Hosts France held to draw by New Zealand
  • The Netherlands sparkle again to reach quarter-finals
  • Defending champions Korea DPR bounce back with a win​

THE DAY REPLAYED – The Netherlands became the first team to book their ticket to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 following the second round of matches in Groups A and B on Wednesday. The Dutch eased into the last eight, thanks to a comfortable victory over Ghana, who must now pack their bags for home. Tournament hosts France suffered a minor setback after being held to a goalless draw by New Zealand.

There is still all to play for in Group B, where the section will not be decided until the final matchday. Korea DPR’s title defence hopes remain alive after bouncing back with a hard-fought victory over Mexico, while Brazil still have a chance of qualifying following their draw with England. Excitement is therefore guaranteed in the group finale on Sunday 12 August.

Group A: Netherlands 4-0 Ghana | France 0-0 New Zealand
Group B: Brazil 1-1 England | Korea DPR 2-1 Mexico

Memorable moments

If stoppage time did not exist…
…then there would almost certainly have been tears in the Brazilian camp. They were 1-0 down for over 80 minutes and could find no way past a well-organised English defence or their inspired goalkeeper Sandy MacIver. At the end of the match, the South American champions had registered 21 shots on goal to England’s six, and only managed to equalise with their very last attack of the game.

Following in the seniors’ footsteps
The Netherlands maintained their fine form in their second match of the tournament to send a clear statement of intent to their competitors at France 2018. The U-20s have now won both of their group fixtures so far, a feat the senior team also managed at UEFA EURO 2017, where they went on to become just the fourth country to be crowned European champions. Perhaps the juniors can tread that same path and become the fourth nation to lift the U-20 Women’s World Cup title after Germany, USA and Korea DPR. The foundations have already been laid…

History not repeating itself
Mexico faced the defending champions in the group stage of a World Cup for the second time this summer. Yet, while the senior men’s team got the better of Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, the U-20 women’s side could not follow suit against Korea DPR in Dinan-Lehon. The one consolation for El Tri is that the East Asian side were unable to repeat the high-scoring victories of the past against the North Americans, having won 4-0 at Russia 2006 and 5-1 at Chile 2008.

The words
“Even though we conceded the first goal, it was a chance to get even more confidence in ourselves and recover as soon as possible. I think this match could be a kind of turning point for us to claim an even bigger victory in the match against Brazil [on Sunday].”
Korea DPR midfielder Kim Pom-Ui

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