Netherlands Women made history in the UEFA Women’s Championship as they won their maiden title after beating Denmark Women 4-2 in the final on Sunday.
Host Netherlands made it a host and win and shown that they were the team to beat in all their games recording an 100% record.
Denmark took the lead through Nadia Nadim’s early penalty in the 6th minute but Netherlands equalised four minutes later through 21-year old Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema.
Game became cagey afterwards but it was the host who made it two on the night as Lieke Martens’s precise 20-yard finish in the 27th minute sent Netherlands Women ahead.
Denmark Women were not to be denied an equaliser with Pernille Harder’s 33rd minute header.
The two sides went into the game level at 2-2.
Sherida Spitse blasted in a free-kick to make it 3-2 for the host in the 51st minute before Vivianne Miedema sealed the historic victory with a minute of regulation time to be played.
The Dutch who was yet to reach the final in their history then becomes the fourth nation to win the UEFA Women’s Championship ending the 22 year reign of Germany.
On the awards ceremony, Dutch and Barcelona winger Martens was handed the official Player of the Tournament award (Golden Ball) after her dazzling displays ensured the Dutch makes history.
The Golden Boot for the topscorer went to England international, Jodie Taylor who scored five goals at the tournament.
What they said
“It was an open match”, Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman said.
“There were two teams who really wanted to play football”.
“A match with six goals, that’s very important for women’s football as well”.
Striker Miedema added: “We’ve played six amazing games and today we showed that even if we get behind in a game we can still change the game”.
“The moment we scored for 3-2, I just thought ‘it’s not going to go wrong again”.
“We played so much better in the second half and we deserved to win the tournament”.
Denmark boss Nils Nielsen said: “The Dutch team was the best team in the tournament”.
“It’s not easy to play at home. It’s so easy to disappoint everybody, but they didn’t, they performed so well”.
“I am very, very proud of my own team. We have had so many problems and they kept fighting right until the end”.