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Summary

  1. Liverpool's Van de Sanden heads in for the Netherlands
  2. Opening match of Euro 2017
  3. Five WSL players in Netherlands starting XI, one for Norway

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By Tom Garry

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FT: Netherlands 1-0 Norway

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So, Euro 2017 is under way, with hosts Netherlands showing their potential with victory over Norway.

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Don't forget, the home nations get started on Wednesday, 19 July.

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Norway keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth said: "We played a good first half but the Netherlands showed they are playing in front of their home crowd.

"They were playing very well and we weren't just good enough."

Dutch 'can certainly challenge'

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Utrecht

Norway might have a greater pedigree but they were outplayed by a more vigorous and effervescent Netherlands side, who gave the tournament a perfect lift-off in front a record crowd.

The margin of victory appeared slim, and the Dutch should have been out of sight based on the number of chances they created and missed with Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema most culpable.

But in Lieke Martens and goalscorer Shanice van de Sanden, they have two potential stars of the tournament. On either flank, they simply destroyed the Norwegian defence.

When Van de Sanden broke down in tears at the final whistle, the pressure of performing in an opening game as a host nation was clear to see. They might not be hot favourites but with a buoyant crowd behind them, they can certainly challenge.

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Who next for the hosts?

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Next up for the Netherlands are Denmark on Thursday, while Norway will meet tournament debutants Belgium on the same night.

Hosts top of the group

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For all your mathematical geniuses out there, the result of that opening game puts the Dutch top of Group A with three points.

Norway are bottom of the table on goal difference.

Denmark and Belgium meet in the group's second game later on this evening.

Van de Sanden in tears

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Utrecht

Netherlands celebrate win
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Winning goalscorer Shanice van de Sanden is overcome with emotion as she races onto the field to greet her team-mates following their opening win.

The tournament needed a lift-off and everyone will have felt the pressure, from organisers through to the host nation. With that tension now relieved, the Netherlands have taken a huge step towards reaching the last eight.

Naturally, it's time to celebrate with some rave music as the players do a lap of honour!

'They're not just here because they're the hosts'

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Lindsay Johnson

Ex-England and Everton defender

It is so important for you to get the three points in the first game, but the performance from the Netherlands was fantastic too.

They have shown the rest of the group they are not here just because they are the hosts, they can play too.

With the crowd behind them, it is going to be tough to break them down.

The whole build-up to the goal was fantastic. Lieke Martens looked up and found Shanice van de Sanden, who finished off the cross with a header into the bottom corner.

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Norway gather for a huddle on the field as they begin the discussions into what went wrong for them in that second half.

The Netherlands dominated after the break. They fully deserved their goal and their three points.

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Joy for the host nation. Match-winner Shanice van de Sanden sprints back onto the pitch with happy tears in her eyes.

The Dutch have made a real statement tonight, beating the 2013 runners-up Norway, a side who contain world-class players including arguably the best striker in the world in Lyon's Ada Hegerberg. No goals for her tonight.

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FULL-TIME

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That's it! The hosts open Women's Euro 2017 with a win thanks to Liverpool's Shanice van de Sanden's goal.

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Less than 20 seconds remain and the hosts are almost there.

SUBSTITUTION (Netherlands)

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The hosts wind down the clock by replacing Arsenal's Danielle van de Donk - who has had a fine game and gets a warm reception.

Then Norway's Ada Hegerberg can't quite connect with a bouncing ball at the far post.

Goal kick to the Netherlands.

YELLOW CARD (Netherlands)

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As we enter three minutes of added time, the Netherlands' Jackie Groenen is booked. Free-kick to Norway on the halfway line.

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Into the final minute of normal time and the Norwegians don't have the ball. They're being frustrated.

Jackie Groenen
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Norway star Ada Hegerberg dances into the area from the left flank but her low shot is deflected and held by Arsenal keeper Sari van Veenendaal.

The 2013 finalists are running out of time to avoid starting this tournament with a loss.

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Arsenal's Danielle van de Donk does very well to wind down the clock for the hosts, taking it out wide and keeping possession calmly.

We have two minutes of the 90 to go.

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Norway get into the Dutch penalty area with striker Ada Hegerberg's presence but defender Kika van Es gets an important foot in.

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Norway can't get hold of the ball in the Netherlands half. They're running out of time, and haven't really looked like scoring for around 25 minutes.

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Netherlands right-back Desiree van Lunteren attempts to score her first international goal, but her left-footed shot from the right goes wide across the face of goal.

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Norway win a free-kick just inside the Dutch half. It goes into the area but the hosts head clear.

Netherlands 1-0 Norway

It was only 16 months ago that Norway beat the Netherlands 4-1 and they looked a class apart.

Tonight the hosts have been the better team. Seven minutes to go plus stoppage time.

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The hosts look for Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema again, but the through ball races too far and the keeper gathers it.

PENALTY APPEAL

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The hosts call for a penalty as Vivianne Miedema goes down in the area under the challenge of Maria Thorisdottir but the referee says no. It would have been soft.

Typical Gunner?

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Utrecht

Netherlands have only beaten Norway once in 14 competitive outings, and look like they might hold on here. Vivianne Miedema has played great, but I've lost count of the number of chances she has missed today.

Typical Arsenal player?

Vivianne Miedema
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SUBSTITUTION (Netherlands)

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Now Reading's Netherlands captain Mandy van den Berg goes off, as Stephanie van der Gragt comes on to give the hosts fresh legs at the back.

SUBSTITUTION (Netherlands)

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Now the hosts make their first change and off goes Liverpool's Shanice van de Sanden.

Her goal may well have won this match for them. She throws her arms in the air to encourage the home fans as she goes off.

Youngster Lineth Beerensteyn comes on to replace her on the right wing.

Then striker Vivianne Miedema drags a low shot just wide. The Dutch could be home and dry by now.

Shanice van de Sanden
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SUBSTITUTION (Norway)

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Goal scorer Shanice van de Sanden gets in behind the Norway defence once again and aims a square ball at the on-rushing Vivianne Miedema but she overhits it. Chance gone.

Now Norway make their third and final change, with Ingrid Schelderup going off and Guro Reiten coming on. That's an attacking change for Norway.

GREAT SAVE!

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Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema almost makes it 2-0 with a fierce shot from outside the area but it's a good stop from Ingrid Hjelmseth, parrying it wide for a corner.

And Norway scramble the near-post corner clear.

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Less than 20 minutes remain and 2013 finalists Norway will be desperate not to start their campaign with a defeat.

Stadion Galgenwaard erupts

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Utrecht

Netherlands take the lead
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And we have lift-off! The best two players on the Dutch team combine, and the Stadion Galgenwaard erupts. "Hol-land, Hol-land, Hol-land," chimes from all four stands.

You cannot say they don't deserve it.

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Moments before conceding, Norway made their second change of the game, bringing on Emilie Haavi for forward Kristine Minde.

They've responded positively to going behind, forcing a quick corner, but it's the Dutch who deservedly lead.

Now Caroline Graham Hansen curls at goal from the right, but it's wide and it'll be a Netherlands goal kick.

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Lindsay Johnson

Ex-England and Everton defender

It has been coming.

It was a great ball in from Lieke Martens and the header into the bottom corner was well directed. It is nothing more than the Netherlands deserve.

GOAL - Netherlands 1-0 Norway

Shanice van de Sanden

There's the opener!

Liverpool's Shanice van de Sanden breaks the deadlock to the delight of the home fans.

She gets in front of her marker to meet Lieke Martens' dangerous left-wing cross and it's a peach of a header. The Euros have lift-off in Utrecht! That goal had been coming.

Shanice van de Sanden
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Lindsay Johnson

Ex-England and Everton defender

I do feel the goal is coming for Netherlands.

Norway are dropping off, are struggling and Netherlands are so up for this game with the crowd and are pushing forward. They are really taking the game to Norway.

CLOSE!

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Almost, for the Dutch, once again... Almost!

Winger Lieke Martens hits one narrowly wide of the post. The keeper looked beaten that time.

Still we wait for the opening goal...

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Louis Van Gaal
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Fresh from his Wimbledon outing, Louis Van Gaal is in the stands watching the Dutch team try and break the deadlock here in Utrecht.

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Arsenal playmaker Danielle van de Donk skips into the penalty area to meet a bouncing through ball and volleys at goal first time, but she hits the side-netting.

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The attendance has been confirmed as 21,732. That's a new record in the Netherlands for a women's match. And they all sound like they're thoroughly this opening game too. It's noisy.

The hosts' two remaining games in Group A have sold out as well.

Dutch fans
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CLOSE!

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Striker Vivianne Miedema attempts an acrobatic flick at goal as she meets a far-post cross, and makes good contact, but fires it over the bar.

The hosts are getting closer and closer...