Oranje women beat Slovenia 4-1; coach satisfied with perfect end to beautiful year
The Dutch women's football team beat Slovenia 4-1 in a European Championship qualifier in Arnhem on Tuesday. Coach Sarina Wiegman is very satisfied, calling the victory a fitting conclusion to a beautiful year.
Kaja Erzen scored the first goal for Slovina in the GelreDome, but after that the Oranje Lionesses quickly took over the match. Sherida Spitse put the Netherlands on the scoreboard, scoring twice via two penalties, after which Vivianne Miedema also scored two goals, NU.nl reports.
"I am satisfied that we scored four times, have won all matches in the European Championship qualifiers and have concluded the year very well", Wiegman said to Fox Sports. "We put down a good World Cup, and continued that in the European Championship qualification." While the opponents they face now are a bit less of a challenge than in the World Cup, the players still have to bring it every game, the coach said.
The Oranje women won the first six matches in group A of the European Championship qualifiers and is therefore well on their way to the European Championship of 2021. Their next match is only scheduled for April 10th, an away match against Kosovo in the qualifying series.
"It is the first time that we won't see each other for so long. We always had an international match in January and not now, I think that's a shame", Wiegman said. But there is a lot to do in the meantime, the coach stressed. "We will do a few things in terms of policy and are already preparing for the Olympic Games."
The Oranje Lionesses automatically qualified for the Olympic Games by reaching the finals of the World Cup. A spot in the semi-finals was enough for a ticket to the Olympic Games.