The excellent 2019 World Cup tournament run by the Dutch women's national football team came to a disappointing end on Sunday night when the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0. In a match where Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal racked up save after save securing the Golden Glove for the tournament, the U.S. was able to consistently pierce Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman's defensive strategy until a penalty broke the match wide open in the 61st minute.
A fierce strike from Jackie Groenen in the 99th minute of the 2019 World Cup was the only goal of the semi-final battle between the Netherlands and Sweden, and it gave the Dutch team a 1-0 victory. Oranje move on to their first-ever World Cup final, and will play the United States whose players held on to defeat England 2-1 on Tuesday. Sweden will play England for third place.
The Dutch women's football team looked like they were a team possessed when they came out in the second half of their match against Italy, scoring twice to win 0-2. The two teams faced off in the 2019 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France on Saturday afternoon.
Thousands of Dutch fans showed up to support Oranje on Saturday. Even with the scorching 34-degree heat, the official attendance for the match topped 22 thousand.
The OranjeLeeuwinnen dominated their opening match in the 2019 Women's World Cup in every category, but simply could not manage to send the ball into the back of the net. That all changed in the second minute of injury time when Jill Roord sent the ball in off her head and past New Zealand keeper Erin Nayler.
The Oranje Lionesses beat Denmark 4-2 in the finals of the European Championship in Enschede on Sunday, thereby winning the European Cup for the first time ever. The Dutch women's football team was ecstatic by the win.
"This is truly unbelievable", an emotional Vivianne Miedema said to NOS in the Grolsch Veste after the match. "The realization still has to set in, but this is really great."
A missed goal in the last minute of the match against Sweden on Wednesday, means that the Oranje women will not be going through to play in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Dutch national women’s football squad knocked off Italy in a closely-contested one game playoff match to take the final European spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Oranje beat Azzurri 1-2 in Verona, with goals by 18-year-old Vivianne Miedema in the 8th and 42nd minutes.