Dutch women’s soccer took first place in the group on Tuesday, beating China. The victory came through goals from Shanice van de Sanden, Lyneth Berenstein (two), Lake Martins (two), Vivian Medema (two) and Victoria Belova.
After a 10-3 win over Zambia and a 3-3 draw with Brazil, the orange was already certain of his place in the quarter-finals. The only question was who the opponent would be.
The starting eleven of the Orange team for the match against China.
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With a lower score, the Orange team had to face Sweden in the quarter-finals, which surprisingly wiped the ground with America (3-0) in the opening match and finished top of the group.
But Sarina Wiegmann, the national coach, had no intention of appearing with a less powerful consciousness. “Of course it comes to your mind that you’d rather meet these Americans a little later. But give up points? No, we don’t. It’s always dangerous to start calculating.”
Shanice van de Sanden thanks Jackie Groen for her help.
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Shanice van de Sanden
Van de Sanden put Orange 1-0 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama after 12 minutes. The fast striker did this after a fine cross by Jackie Groen, who often appreciated the running actions of the fast striker.
After about fifteen minutes it was the same again. After a weak defense from Merel van Dongen, Shanshan Wang was able to outpace Sari van Veenendaal with a slider. Moments later, the Orange squad had all the luck in the world because the same hesitant performance of Van Veenendaal had yet to be penalized for a quick Chinese corner kick.
Lineth Beerensteyn put Orange back on track in the 37th minute. A not quite fit substitute gave Lewinen the lead once again with a shot into the far corner. In the injury time of the first half, she also made a 3-1 lead, again with a well-shot ball towards the far post.
Lake Martins leads the team 3-1 against the ropes.
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The large potential client presented Wiegman with the opportunity to give each client a rest base in the second half. Van de Sanden, Lynne Willems and Gilles Rurd remained in the dressing room. They were replaced by Renate Jansen, Kika van Es and Victoria Pelova.
Holland continued where they left off and reached 4-1 minutes after the break. Van Es put the ball in first contact with the ball ready for the head of Lieke Martens, who simply hit the target.
Vivian Miedema celebrates one of her goals.
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Weigmann allowed Midema to take part in the last half hour and also scored a goal. The fact that China still led 5-2 was a disadvantage, although a very bad taste was prevented as Martens, Belova and Midema managed to count the Dutch top scorer to eight.
Midema now has 81 goals in 99 international matches. Hoogeveen’s goal machine has been Orange’s all-time leading scorer since her 22nd and is also the most accurate player in the Olympic tournament with eight strokes.
American star Alex Morgan is disappointed. Team USA has been a disappointment in Japan so far.
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United States of America
Orange is very productive in Japan. In the three group matches, no fewer than 21 goals were scored. Van Vindal had to hunt eight times for the 104th, 15th and 7th numbers respectively from the world should have caused some concern to Weigmann in the run-up to the clash with the US.
Advantage: The US is disappointing in Japan at the moment. After the defeat to Sweden, the match ended in a draw with Australia: 0-0. In between, Team USA took the lead against New Zealand with a 6-1 victory.
The last time the Netherlands faced America was in November of last year. In an exhibition match in Breda, they lost 2-0 without a chance. In 2019, the World Cup Final ended with the same numbers. Orange has played a total of ten times against the superpower and can only win twice against eight defeats. However, it goes back a long time. In 1991 and 1996, the Netherlands was too strong for the Americans, who had four Olympic titles,
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