Netherlands beat Sweden to reach maiden final

Netherlands beat Sweden to reach maiden final

The Dutch ladies needed a goal in extra goal to see off their fellow Europeans, as there were no goals in the regular 90minutes.

The Dutch, reigning European champions, will now meet an American side looking to capture its second successive World Cup title and fourth overall.

The U.S. women's squad won its 11th straight Women's World Cup match Tuesday with a 2-1 victory against England, moving past the previous all-time record of 10 set by Norway (1995-99).

Sweden overcame once of their biggest rivals, Germany, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Sweden did not play any extra-ordinary football but they held off the Dutch players by excelling at their own game - recovering the ball with a relentless intensity in their own half and driving forward through their wide players.

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"It happened late in the second half of the France game".

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In the end it was a case of flawless timing for Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen. "It's tough right now, but once on the pitch, it's quite nice for most players to play another match and perform excellently and leave with a bronze", said Gerhardsson.

Questions over whether they are arrogant may still linger, particularly if joint-leading tournament scorer Alex Morgan breaks out another cheeky goal celebration as she did against England. "Then the one good chance Jackie had, she finished it and we're really happy that we are going to the final".

As recently as five years ago, the Netherlands had never taken part in a Women's World Cup.

She said: "We have done fantastic and we can be really proud".

Another corner at the sixty-third minute resulted in another fingertip save, this time from Lindahl to deny Miedema's wonderful header off Spitse's corner. Immediately, her teammates sought her out and her pace put Sweden's defense on its heels. They had lacked attacking inspiration for long spells but they finally got the breakthrough in the first period of extra time thanks to Groenen.

It was a brilliant moment on a stage clamoring for it, and it sent her nation to the Women's World Cup final.

After playing 120 exhausting minutes, and with only three days until their third-place match against England, the Swedish coaching staff has its work cut out for it to come up with a roster that will be ready to go toe-to-toe with a much fresher English squad. "I can't even believe it yet".

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