Women’s W/Cup: European Champions Netherlands To Face USA In Final

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The Netherlands will face world champions, the United States of America, in their first final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Lyon on Sunday.

The Dutch, who are European champions, reached their first final, after Manchester United midfielder, Jackie Groenen’s extra-time low shot took them through at the expense of a well-organised Swedish team.

The USA, tutored by Jill Ellis, had beaten England in the first Semifinal on Tuesday.

The 48,452 fans inside the Stade de Lyon had looked set to endure a nervy penalty shootout, before Groenen’s shot stopped the Swedes from reaching their second final.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Sari van Veenendaal, had earlier kept the Dutch on level terms with three important saves, before Holland’s Gunners striker, Vivianne Miedema’s header was saved on to Sweden’s crossbar at the other end.

Substitute, Shanice van de Sanden’s powerful shot was then parried wide by Hedvig Lindahl, to send the game to extra time, and the Dutch eventually found a way through.

Sweden, who were playing in their fourth semi-final after stunning Germany in the last eight, will now face England in Saturday’s third-place play-off in Nice.

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