The Netherlands group, present runner-up on this planet, shall be Spain’s rival subsequent Friday within the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after eliminating South Africa this Sunday, which they beat 2-0, supported by his effectiveness and the nice work of his goalkeeper.
The Dutch group discovered themselves in a snug setting after they managed to take the lead very early on the scoreboard. Earlier than the tenth minute and after a nook kick, midfielder Jill Roord prolonged her inspiration on this World Cup and made it 1-0 together with her fourth objective of the event.
The 2017 European champion had possession and nearly at all times dominated the sport, however her rival knew the way to threaten her, particularly with the determine of Thembi Kgatlana who loved two good possibilities to equalize earlier than the break. Nevertheless, Daphne van Domselaar made it clear that she is without doubt one of the finest goalkeepers on this World Cup and averted it, with a lot benefit within the second, a one-on-one from the South African striker after a nasty supply within the center.
After the break, the sport didn’t change an excessive amount of. The Dutch maintained their dominance and managed properly a South Africa facet whose dream got here to naught within the 68th minute when their keeper Kaylin Swart failed to avoid wasting an apparently easy shot from Lineth Beerensteyn.
The benefit strengthened the present runner-up on this planet, however Van Domselaar nonetheless had time to place in some extra worthwhile palms to keep away from final minute stress. For Friday in opposition to Spain, he won’t be able to rely on a key piece like midfielder Daniëlle van de Donk resulting from suspension.