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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Netherlands, Sweden win quarter-finals of Euro 2022

Sheffield, England ( Associated Press) – Defending champions Netherlands needed a late bounce to beat Switzerland 4-1 on Sunday to make it to the European Championship quarter-finals, while Sweden easily qualified in a 5-0 win over Portugal. have done.

Still missing star forward Vivian Miedema, who tested positive for the coronavirus, held the Dutch team 1-1 until the 84th minute when Romi Lucher sent a looping header high on goalkeeper Gaul Thalmann, who made an impressive save. A string was formed. up to that point.

Viktoria Pelova made it 3–1 in the 89th minute – but only after a lengthy VAR check for offside – and Lucher took her second in extra time and the team’s fourth.

Needing a draw to qualify, the Dutch performance was less convincing than a final three-goal margin. This was not enough to finish first in Group C – which went to Sweden – so the Netherlands would next face France in the quarter-finals.

For most of the game it was a repeat of a hard 3-2 win over Portugal on Wednesday, when the Dutch, struggling to control a game, were the favorites to win.

After a goalless first half for the video review, reversing a penalty for the Netherlands, the Dutch team took the lead in the 49th minute when Swiss midfielder Ana-Maria Kranogorcevic tried to put the ball out of line, but instead Deflected it in its own net. , The Swiss reaction was almost immediate, with Geraldine Reutler scoring a pass from Ramona Bachmann.

The Swiss could have qualified with an upset win and took the lead almost immediately after Router’s goal, but Koumba So fired a shot at the goalkeeper and then made a second attempt against the post.

Sweden qualified at the top of the group after scoring two goals just before halftime.

Filippa Engeldal opened the scoring in the 21st and made it 2–0 in the 45th and scored her own goal for the third as the ball went past Carole Costa’s head over a corner.

Skipper Kosovar Aslani scored a penalty in the 54th minute and Stina Blakstenius put Sweden’s lead in stoppage time.

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