Monday 19 August 2019

Groenen shows Dutch courage

Jackie Groenen celebrates after scoring the Netherlands’ extra-time winner. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Jackie Groenen celebrates after scoring the Netherlands’ extra-time winner. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The Netherlands will play the United States for the Women's World Cup title on Sunday after Jackie Groenen sealed a 1-0 victory over Sweden in extra time last night.

A slick passing sequence ended in the 99th minute with Groenen driving a shot from outside the penalty area past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. The goal that broke the deadlock in a sweltering stadium set up a meeting between the European champions and the reigning world champions.

And it means that for the first time since 2003, the final will include two female coaches. With Jill Ellis coaching the US and Sarina Wiegman in charge of the Netherlands. Progress for the Dutch women has been rapid. They only debuted at the World Cup in 2015 - reaching the round of 16 - but followed it up by winning the European Championship in 2017.

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