The Dutch team can continue to dream of the Olympic Games thanks to a 4-0 win over Belgium. The team of national coach Andries Jonker remained ahead of England on goal difference and will advance to the final round of the Nations League as group winners.
The Dutch team led 2-0 for a long time due to goals from Lineth Beerensteyn. Jonker’s team needed two more goals due to the scoreline between England and Scotland. Damaris Egurrola became the hero with two goals in injury time.
England needed a big win against Scotland to overtake the Netherlands in the standings. Sarina Wiegman’s team accomplished that mission with verve, but it was not enough. The much-discussed match ended 0-6.
The Netherlands and England have both reached twelve points in group A thanks to the victories. The Dutch team remains ahead of England on goal difference (+8 to +7) and is therefore group winner in the Nations League.
In addition to the Dutch team, France, Spain and Germany have also qualified for the knockout phase of the Nations League, which will be played in February. The finalists earn an Olympic ticket. Only if host country France reaches the final battle, the winner of the consolation final can also go to the Olympic Games in Paris.
Stand Groep A
- Nederland 6-12 (14-6)
- Engeland 6-12 (15-8)
- België 6-9 (7-10)
- Schotland 6-2 (3-15)
Sloppy first half
The Dutch team started the game in the sold-out Willem II Stadium without the injured Jackie Groenen. Her replacement Egurrola created the first danger after a few minutes with a shot from far away. Belgium had to win to have a chance of winning the group, but left Jonker’s team in control.
Lieke Martens turned Tilburg upside down for the first time in the fifteenth minute by heading home the goal. The party came to an end, because declarer Daniëlle van de Donk was offside.
Despite the sloppy play of the Dutch team, the goal was scored moments later. Beerensteyn scored coolly after more than half an hour on Pelova’s instructions. She marked her hundredth international match with a goal. Belgium pressed before half time, but could not translate this into the score.
Egurrola de held
The Dutch team came out of the dressing room feeling fresh and had to play due to the score in Glasgow. Van de Donk had the perfect opportunity to double the score after a clever ball from Martens, but the ball went just wide of the goal.
After a chance from Belgium, the Dutch team made it 2-0 ten minutes after the break with a bit of luck. Esmee Brugts delivered a great effort from an offside position. The ball came back into the field via the ball, after which Beerensteyn was quick to tap in her second.
While Vivianne Miedema was on the field, Belgium came close to the tying goal through Tessa Wullaert. Daphne van Domselaar kept her team going. In the 72nd minute, Miedema appeared to provide the assist for Martens, but the PSG attacker pushed the ball just wide.
In the final phase, the Dutch team pressed. It resulted in several chances, but it seemed to remain 2-0. Egurrola headed in the 3-0 in injury time. That seemed enough, but due to England’s 0-6 score, another goal was needed.
Egurrola completed the celebration in the blood-curdling final phase: she headed home again in the fifth minute of injury time.
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