Women’s World Cupdate: Dutch Delight

Welcome to your daily 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup update, or Women’s World Cupdate, where we recap the past day’s proceedings from France while previewing what is still to come. These features will run every morning throughout the duration of the tournament and feature highlights, major news, and much more from France.


Here’s What Happened: Wednesday, July 3rd

Five years ago, the Netherlands had never played in a Women’s World Cup or an Olympic games. Fast forward to now, the Netherlands have qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and advanced to their first ever Women’s World Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinals. Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to decide a winner, so the match went to extra time where Jackie Groenen etched her name in Dutch soccer lore with a 99th minute strike to set up a date with the United States.

Netherlands 1-0 Sweden (Extra Time)

It took over two hours of soccer and a lot of close calls, but when the final whistle finally blew at the Stade de Lyon on Wednesday, it was the Netherlands who prevailed in extra time over Sweden to advance to their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

For most of the first half, Sweden looked the better side and were creating havoc for the Netherlands defense each time up the field. While dictating the match is great, you need something to show for it or risk losing all that momentum. That’s an issue the Swedes ran into before halftime, creating looks at goal, but coming away empty handed each time, settling for a scoreless draw at the break.

Perhaps the Netherlands gained some momentum from holding off the Sweden first half barrage, because they returned the favor in the second half of play. It was much the same case as Sweden in the first half, tons of chances but nothing on the scoreboard. Part of the reason for that, was an incredible save by Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl in the 64th minute that she got just enough of her fingers on parry away.

Eventually, full time came to a close with the scoreboard reading 0-0, meaning the match was heading to 30 minutes of extra to (potentially) decide a winner. Looking to avoid the prospect of penalty kicks, both teams went for the kill in extra time and the Netherlands was the side rewarded for their efforts. In the 99th minute, Jackie Groenen received a pass outside the box with a clean look at goal, she struck her shot and placed it perfectly to the far post to give the Netherlands the lead.

Sweden tried and tried for an equalizer with the remaining time, but it was to no avail as the Netherlands defense held its ground to preserve the 1-0 victory and a spot in the Final on Sunday where they will take on the United States. Sweden will head to the Third Place Match on Saturday where England awaits in Nice.

Goals

  • Jackie Groenen | NED (99′)

Highlights


Plays of the Day

For over 90 minutes, it was the goalkeepers putting on a show in Lyon before Jackie Groenen stepped up and scored the biggest goal in her life and the biggest goal in the history of Dutch women’s soccer.

Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands)

Everytime Sweden pressed for the opening goal, Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal was there to deny the opportunity. Timely saves in both halves, including the one above, kept the game level long enough for the Netherlands to stay alive.

Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden)

There is a very good chance Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl is named the best goalkeeper of the tournament and saves like this are why. She gets just enough on this shot to send it off the crossbar and keep the game scoreless in the second half.

Jackie Groenen (Netherlands)

Simply the biggest goal in Netherlands women’s football history and it’s Jackie Groenen writing her name in the history book for all eternity. Perfect shot to place the ball far post out of the reach of the goalkeeper to send the Netherlands to its first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.


Bracket Update

Here’s a quick look at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout bracket after the semifinal round.

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via @FOXSoccer

Semifinals are done and the Final is set. It all comes down to the United States and the Netherlands on Sunday in Lyon to decide who wins the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Third place will be decided on Saturday when England and Sweden meet in Nice for the opportunity to end the tournament on a high note.

Third Place Match

July 6th: England v. Sweden

Women’s World Cup Final

July 7th: United States v. Netherlands

There will be an extensive Final preview up on the site this weekend, detailing the matchup between the United States and the Netherlands down to the finest details. Keep an eye open so you can be fully prepared for Sunday.


Here’s What’s Next: Saturday, July 6th

Before we can determine a champion, we must find out who takes home the third place medals. For a second straight tournament, England finds themselves in the Third Place Match where they will face Sweden at the Stade de Nice. It’s a match no one wants to play in, but it will give one side a chance to leave France with a medal and a somewhat less bitter taste in their mouths.

England v. Sweden

It can be hard to correctly preview a third place match at a World Cup because there are so many variables to consider. For one, neither side wants to be there and you just hope they are playing with 100% effort to make it worth while. Third place at a World Cup carries much less weight than say third place in the Olympics.

Secondly, teams often mke wholesale lineup changes because of the lowered stakes involved with the match. It’s hard to say what changes may be made, but it’s safe to presume both England and Sweden will have some fresh faces in the lineup. You can probably assume both Lucy Bronze and Ellen White will take the pitch for England with both having individual awards to play for.

On the Swedish side, Hedvig Lindahl is in the mix for best goalkeeper at the tournament so she may get the nod to further cement her resume.

  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Location: Stade de Nice (Nice)
  • How to Watch: FOX

You can watch all the matches live on the channels listed or streaming online at FoxSports.com with a cable sign in.

If highlights are more your style, check out @FOXSoccer on Twitter where goals and game recaps are posted throughout the day.

All game times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.


Golden Boot Outlook

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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via FIFA.com

All the semifinal matches did for the Golden Boot race was reinforce the point that it’s a three player showdown for the title. Alex Morgan and Ellen White both scored on Tuesday and remained tied on six goals. Megan Rapinoe did not play and still only sits one behind.

White will take the field Saturday with the opportunity to go back in front and put pressure on Morgan and Rapinoe who play Sunday. At least the latter two will know exactly what they will have to do on Sunday if they hope to win the Golden Boot.


Keep up to date on everything Women’s World Cup right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Women’s World Cupdate to recap what went on and preview what’s still to come in France.

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