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UEFA WOMEN’S EURO: HOST NETHERLANDS REACHES FINAL; DENMARK JOINS

Host Netherlands are through to the finals of the UEFA Women’s Euro after beating England in the semi finals.

Netherlands who holds a 100% record at this year’s competition are on course to host and win as they are into Sunday’s final at Amsterdam.

The Dutch took the lead courtesy Arsenal’s forward Vivianne Miedema’s first-half header when Fara Williams’s poor header was seized on by Danielle van de Donk.

The 21 year old Gunners forward scored when put through on goal by Danielle van de Donk and made no mistake from the edge of the box. That was more of the many to come.

Netherlands doubled their lead through the outstanding Danielle van de Donk in the 62nd minute before an own goal from Millie Bright sealed the victory for the Oranges.

England were tagged “long-ball” team by their opponents but were rusty in the game as Netherlands piled on the pressure to send the Lionesses out at the semi finals in what was a repeat of the 2009 Euro final.

Fara Williams could not hide her tears

England manager Mark Sampson said after the game; “Over the course of the tournament, we have been one of the of best teams here. But in tournament football, small things can make a big difference”.

“I made some mistakes, for sure. I’ll go away and reflect. I’ll look at it all and then do a better job next time”.

“We didn’t get the decisions. But I’m incredibly proud of the players tonight”.

“They’ve worked so, so hard over the past year”.

In the other semi final, a penalty shootout win means Denmark became the dark horses to reach the final.

Denmark who had earlier eliminated defending champions, Germany in the quarter finals beat Austria on penalties after a 0-0 draw in regulation time to ensure they face host Netherlands in the final.

Austria will gnash their teeth for not reaching the final as they will count on some rue chances and  Sarah Puntigam firing over a first-half penalty but it was Denmark who ensured they are in Sunday’s final.

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