Women's European Championship - Final
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Netherlands Women 4-2 Denmark Women

The Netherlands won their first major women's international tournament after a thrilling victory over Denmark in the Euro 2017 final on home soil.

Denmark led through Nadia Nadim's early penalty but the Dutch soon levelled as Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema tucked in.

Lieke Martens put the hosts ahead with a precise 20-yard finish, but Denmark's Pernille Harder slotted in to equalise.

Dutch captain Sherida Spitse blasted in a free-kick to make it 3-2, and Miedema sealed a historic triumph late on.

Surprise finalists Denmark had pushed for another equaliser late on, as Sanne Troelsgaard went close with a swerving half-volley which dipped past the right-hand post.

But the Dutch, backed by the majority of a sold-out 28,182 crowd in Enschede, never looked in serious danger of conceding again and put the game beyond the Danes when Miedema scored the fourth.

It sparked a party atmosphere inside the FC Twente Stadion where virtually every home supporter was wearing the national team colour of orange.

An emotional Miedema appeared to be in tears in the final few seconds of the match, before the stadium erupted when the final whistle was blown.

No stopping the Netherlands

The Netherlands had never reached the final of a major tournament, with their previous best performance coming when they reached the semi-finals of the 2009 European Championships.

They were not among the pre-tournament favourites, but once France and holders Germany - who were going for a sixth successive title - had been eliminated, they built on the momentum created with the support of their fans.

The Dutch had won all of their games at the tournament leading up to the final, conceding just once in five matches, and beating England in the last four.

Watched by Dutch football legends Marco van Basten and Louis van Gaal in the stands, the home side produced a professional display to fight back against a Denmark team they had already beaten 1-0 in the group stage.

After going behind, the Netherlands started to find their rhythm midway through the first half and eventually showed their superiority.

Martens named best player as Taylor finishes top scorer

The Netherlands win Euro 2017
The Netherlands won all six of their matches at Women's Euro 2017

The Netherlands are only the fourth different nation to win the women's European Championships, after Germany's 22-year reign ended.

Joint-captains Spitse and Reading's Mandy van den Berg, who came on as a substitute in the closing stages, lifted the trophy amid joyous celebrations for the host nation.

It was not the only prize won by the Dutch, with Barcelona winger Martens being presented with the official Player of the Tournament award after a series of dazzling displays on the left flank.

However, the Golden Boot was won by England's Jodie Taylor.

Arsenal's Taylor finished as the tournament's top scorer with five goals, although Arsenal striker Miedema could have levelled by scoring a hat-trick against the Danes.

Analysis - 'Dutch are a pleasure to watch'

Rachel Brown-Finnis, ex-England goalkeeper:

This is the perfect ending, having the hosts win it, after they created so much momentum with their fans watching them.

They've been absolutely stunning. The way that they play the game is with so much energy, so much enthusiasm and so much interaction with the crowd.

The speed and the power, and the way they flood players forward, with the quality of the likes of Jackie Groenen, Miedema, Danielle Van de Donk, Martens - the list goes on.

They have been a pleasure to watch and they are deserved champions.

Player of the Match - Miedema

Vivianne Miedema
Vivianne Miedema netted four times in the three knockout rounds

Denmark captain Harder worked tirelessly and was a constant threat but, with two clinically-finished goals, imaginative movement and some world-class hold-up play, new Arsenal signing Miedema was the deserved Player of the Match, scoring for the third game in a row.

The former Bayern Munich star would have had a hat-trick to savour, but for Danish keeper Stina Lykke Petersen's magnificent reflex save to keep out her far-post volley in the second half.

What they said

"It was an open match," Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman said. "There were two teams who really wanted to play football.

"A match with six goals, that's very important for women's football as well."

Striker Miedema added: "We've played six amazing games and today we showed that even if we get behind in a game we can still change the game.

"The moment we scored for 3-2, I just thought 'it's not going to go wrong again'.

"We played so much better in the second half and we deserved to win the tournament."

Denmark boss Nils Nielsen said: "The Dutch team was the best team in the tournament.

"It's not easy to play at home. It's so easy to disappoint everybody, but they didn't, they performed so well.

"I am very, very proud of my own team. We have had so many problems and they kept fighting right until the end."

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 2van LunterenSubstituted forBloodworthat 57'minutes
  • 6DekkerBooked at 43mins
  • 3van der GragtBooked at 72mins
  • 5van EsSubstituted forvan den Bergat 90+4'minutes
  • 14GroenenBooked at 21mins
  • 10van de Donk
  • 8Spitse
  • 7van de SandenSubstituted forJansenat 90'minutes
  • 9Miedema
  • 11Martens

Substitutes

  • 4van den Berg
  • 12Roord
  • 13Jansen
  • 15Folkertsma
  • 16Christ
  • 17Zeeman
  • 18Lewerissa
  • 19van den Bulk
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 21Beerensteyn
  • 22van der Most
  • 23Geurts

Denmark

  • 1Petersen
  • 8Nielsen
  • 5SørensenSubstituted forRoddik Hansenat 77'minutes
  • 12Larsen
  • 19Sandvej
  • 7Troelsgaard Nielsen
  • 4KildemoesSubstituted forThogersenat 61'minutes
  • 13Junge PedersenSubstituted forChristiansenat 82'minutes
  • 11Veje
  • 10Harder
  • 9NadimBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 2Roddik Hansen
  • 6Christiansen
  • 14Sørensen
  • 15Thogersen
  • 16Christensen
  • 20Pedersen
  • 21Hansen
  • 22Johansen
  • 23Gewitz
Referee:
Esther Staubli
Attendance:
28,182

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamDenmark
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Netherlands Women 4, Denmark Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Netherlands Women 4, Denmark Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Theresa Nielsen (Denmark Women) because of an injury.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands Women. Mandy van den Berg replaces Kika van Es.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nadia Nadim (Denmark Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sanne Troelsgaard with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Kika van Es (Netherlands Women) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Denmark Women. Conceded by Dominique Janssen.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands Women. Renate Jansen replaces Shanice van de Sanden.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands Women 4, Denmark Women 2. Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sherida Spitse.

  12. Post update

    Katrine Veje (Denmark Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jackie Groenen (Netherlands Women).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sanne Troelsgaard (Denmark Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Denmark Women. Conceded by Sherida Spitse.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sanne Troelsgaard (Denmark Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pernille Harder.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Denmark Women. Nanna Christiansen replaces Sofie Pedersen.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Stefanie van der Gragt (Netherlands Women) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Denmark Women. Katrine Veje tries a through ball, but Sanne Troelsgaard is caught offside.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands33004139
2Denmark32012116
3Belgium31023303
4Norway300304-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32104137
2Sweden31114314
3Russia310225-33
4Italy310256-13

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria32105147
2France31203215
3Switzerland31113304
4Iceland300316-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England330010199
2Spain310223-13
3Scotland310228-63
4Portugal310235-23
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