'We're not scared of anyone' - Dutch fired up for final

"I think the potential has been in the Netherlands for a longer period of time but the facilities were not there", said Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman, pointing to the start of the Dutch league in 2007 as the catalyst.

"Football is very much about emotion", he said.

"Many people have an opinion and that's fine".

The Netherlands are the eighth assorted team and fourth European nation to realize a Ladies folk's World Cup closing.

Early in the first half, Beerensteyn cramped up, and while trainers attended to her, Van de Sanden began to warm up on the sideline. "All we need to do is execute it".

Lindahl was furious at the final whistle, ripping off her gloves and throwing them violently to the floor.

The brazenly skillful forward dared to wear No. 14, for example, when outfield players traditionally only wore Nos.

"If she's on the pitch, I don't see her taking penalties", he said. "Good luck to them in the final".

The Netherlands know they are in tough against the United States in the final.

It was a comeback to the English press questioning the United States arrogance despite the team winning three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals.

The Netherlands made their World Cup debut in 2015, before claiming the European Championship title in 2017. "I haven't heard anything yet", he said. "Obviously, I have a greater role as a captain on this team and leading this team in a different way, so for me, it's so great".

It was an excellent tournament for Lindahl, who came up huge with a world class save on a penalty kick in Sweden's 1-0 win over Canada in the round of 16. "They believe they can perform really and belief is one of the things that makes things happen". We are very happy with what we've achieved so far, but for us, the journey is not over. But Netherlands' defence was up to the mark and they did not allow Sweden to break the deadlock.The first half went goalless and no team was able to break each other's defence. "We have an awesome squad and I'm very proud of everybody, but right now it's very hard".

"She was playing with American national team royalty in Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm", Dorrance recalled.

"We are going to rest a lot first but now first a party".

The contest finished 0-0 after 90 minutes but Jackie Groenen's superb effort in the 99th minute handed the Dutch the win.

The Swedes will face a playoff for third against England on Saturday (Sunday AEST) in Nice.

"Against Germany I think we played really well, we defended really well and were good on the counter-attack so I really feel it is a big, big chance for us to go the whole way and to be able to play a final", said striker Sofia Jakobsson.

The Netherlands created an opening in first-half injury time but Vivianne Miedema's touch let her down in the box and the ball was eventually cleared.

  • Julie Sanders


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