Football celebrations continue in the Netherlands after the Orange Lionesses reached the semi-finals of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 by beating Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.
The Dutch won all three matches during the group stage and prolonged their impressive winning run by comfortably defeating the strong Swedes in front of a capacity crowd in the eastern town of Doetinchem.
Barcelona striker Lieke Martens opened the scoring with a clever, curved low free-kick just outside the penalty area on 33 minutes, given after Vivianne Miedema was tripped clearly inside the box. Miedema settled matters in the second half by tipping in a cross from Liverpool winger Shanice van de Sanden with less than 10 minutes to go.
The victory means that the Orange Lionesses are through to the semi-finals, matching their performance in 2009. They will either play England or France on Thursday.
“If you manage to defeat Sweden by 2-0, you know you’ve done extremely well. This is an unforgettable evening, Mandy van den Berg said moments after the final whistle. The Dutch captain came on to the pitch in the second half to replace injured Stefanie van der Gragt.
“Super, wonderful,” a euphoric Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman told reporters for public broadcaster NOS. “I’m very pleased with the result and, when it comes to some spells, also about our game. Sometimes, we were quite nervous but that also has do with our opponents. But we have a team now and that team is so unbelievably good.”