Sheffield, England ( Associated Press) – The Netherlands reacted in the final quarter of an hour to beat Switzerland 4-1 on Sunday, as the defending champions advanced to the quarter-finals of the European Women’s Championship. Sweden secured their ticket by defeating Portugal 5-0.
Despite the absence of striker Vivien Miedema, who tested positive for the coronavirus, the Dutch were level 1-1 in the 84th minute when Romi Lucher combed the ball over goalkeeper Gail Thlmann, who had sparked notable speculation up to that point. A series was achieved. ,
Victoria Pelova took a 3-1 lead on 89 minutes to see if she was ahead after a lengthy review with VAR. Lücher kept the figures fixed with his second goal of the night in stoppage time.
Needing a draw to qualify, Netherlands’ form left much to be desired and the three-goal margin is deceptive. The result was not enough for them to finish first in Group C – a seat that ended up in the hands of Sweden – so they would have to meet France in the quarter-finals.
The proceedings of the match were a carbon copy of a hard-fought 3-2 win against Portugal on Wednesday, when the Dutch suffered more than they should have in a game in which they were wide favourites.
Sweden topped the group after putting down resistance from the Portuguese with three goals before the break.
Filippa Angeldal opened the account on 21 and went up to 45, before Carole Costa’s own goal in first-half stoppage time made it 3-0.
Captain Kosovar Aslani scored from a penalty in the 54th minute and Stina Blackstanius scored in stoppage time.