National coach Anders Junker’s mission was simple: score, score, score. If the goal is scored as often as possible, they could leave the current world champions USA behind and very surprisingly become group winners.
no sooner said than done. Within 23 minutes the ball was in the net four times and just before half-time Danielle van de Donk (without a swimming cap) set the half-time score at 0-5. Netherlands – Vietnam, it became a match for Esme Protes, who scored two goals beautifully with shots from long range.
Historic raid by Wieke Kaptein
In addition to Brugts and Van de Donk, Lieke Martens, Katja Snoijs and Jill Roord (twice) also saw their names on the scoreboard. It was striking that many goals were scored by shooting the ball high. Goalkeeper Thi Kim Thanh Tran is not the tallest at 1.65 metres. She was put out of her misery during the first half by substitution.
Finally, Junker gave captain Wiki her first World Cup appearance in the second half and it was historic. The 17-year-old FC Twente player is the youngest Dutch international to play in both a men’s and women’s World Cup. Kaptein broke Bertus de Harder’s record, then eighteen years old, during the 1938 World Cup.
Aside from all the management, the Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand will witness the sporting continuation of the Orangi team, which won the group in the eighth finals. The Lionesses will play in the eighth finals against the second-placed team in Group G, which could be Italy.
It was striking that the United States failed to beat Portugal. It was expected that the group’s victory would be decided on the basis of goal difference, hence the task of scoring a lot of goals, but the USA’s performance was poor again. It became even more interesting in the final phase when Portugal had a big chance. But the ball hit the post, allowing America to escape elimination.
Final standings of Group E WC for women
1. Netherlands 3-7 2. United States 3-5 3. Portugal 3-4 4. Vietnam 3-0
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