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Summary

  1. Match postponed until Sunday at 11:00 BST
  2. Heavy rain made pitch unplayable
  3. Result: Netherlands 2-0 Sweden
  4. Hosts first team into semi-finals
  5. Austria v Spain & England v France on Sunday

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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So that was eventful!

We'll be back tomorrow where (hopefully) we'll be bringing you the delayed Germany v Denmark match in the quarter-finals of the Women's Euro 2017, followed by Spain v Austria and England v France.

Thanks for joining us!

BreakingMatch postponed

Germany v Denmark

That's it. It's all off. Rain has stopped play.

The match has been rescheduled until 11:00 BST on Sunday.

Germany v Denmark

We should have kicked off an hour ago.

We're still waiting for an official update on if/when this match will go ahead tonight.

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Is the wait over for England?

England v France (Sunday, 19:45 BST)

England stalwart Casey Stoney has been speaking to the media as her side prepare to face France on Sunday in their quarter-final clash.

She believes the Lionesses can end a 43-year wait to beat the French...

Women's Euros 2017: Casey Stoney has '100% belief' that England can beat France

Kick-off delayed

Germany v Denmark

The players and officials are out on the pitch but the ground staff are still trying to shift the excess water.

The managers are in heated discussions about the situation. It's getting later and later...

Germany v Denmark

"Have a go at goal," they said. "What could go wrong?"

Germany v Denmark
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Germany v Denmark
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Germany v Denmark
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Kick-off delayed

Germany v Denmark

The latest on rain-gate is as follows:

Apparently the players are going to start warming up again in five minutes. It's still raining in Rotterdam, though.

We wait...

Germany v Denmark

Faye White

Former England international on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

The Danes have not been full of goals up to this point and are going to face a really stern test tonight against Germany. All the pressure is on the Germans though and the weather could prevent them getting their normal passing game going. That could benefit Denmark.

The story so far

Germany v Denmark

Holders Germany made a relatively sluggish start by their high standards, but eventually qualified as group winners.

They opened the tournament with a 0-0 draw with Sweden, before wins over Italy and Russia.

Denmark finished as runners-up behind Netherlands in Group A. They lost to the hosts, but made it out of the group thanks to victories over Belgium and Norway.

Denmark
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Germany v Denmark

We're going to need a bigger boat...

Germany v Denmark
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Germany v Denmark

A ball girl has just tried to kick a ball across the soggy pitch and she's landed flat on her back in a massive puddle.

Did we laugh? Yes. Heartily.

She's fine, by the way. She gave the crowd a little bow and was full of smiles (and rain water).

A ball girl lies after kicking the ball
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Germany v Denmark

We're delayed "until further notice", according to official channels...

Kick-off is delayed until further notice due to heavy rain. More information to follow. #WEURO2017 #GERDEN

Kick-off delayed

Germany v Denmark (20:00 BST

The players are hanging around in the tunnel, surrounded by various Uefa people, but there doesn't seem to be much movement out on the pitch.

It looks like we won't be kicking off at 20:00 BST, anyway.

22 years and counting

Germany v Denmark (20:00 BST)

Germany have been European champions for 22 years. Yes, 22. They've won six consecutive titles - the first of which came in 1989.

Their record in this tournament stands at 89 wins from 115 matches, losing seven and drawing 19.

Denmark, meanwhile, have been semi-finalists on five occasions and made it to the last four in 2013, where they lost to Norway on penalties.

The head-to-head between these two is fairly surprising: Denmark have won three and drawn one of their last six meetings.

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Germany v Denmark (20:00 BST)

We are currently watching pictures of a groundsman trying to get rid of several inches of water from the dugout, using just a bucket.

It's not all glamour in football, eh?

It's still raining in Rotterdam so we'll keep you posted with the pitch inspections. As it stands, kick-off is due at 20:00 BST - 15 minutes later than expected.

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England outcast to Golden Boot winner?

England v France (Sunday, 19:45 BST)

Jodie Taylor
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She was overlooked by England for years and has had a nomadic career, but Jodie Taylor is one of the stars of Euro 2017.

So why did it take so long for the Arsenal striker to shine on the international stage, and how did she get here?

Read her story here.

It's all in the preparation

England v France (Sunday, 19:45 BST)

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Sampson sparks off

England v France (Sunday, 19:45 BST)

We have some fighting talk from England's manager, as they prepare for Sunday's quarter-final meeting with France.

Mark Sampson says his side "do not need to be at our very best" to end a 43-year wait to beat Les Bleues.

The Lionesses have lost to the French in their past three major tournaments and have failed to beat them in five games since Sampson took over in 2013.

But he said: "We want to be at our very best but the nice feeling is we don't need to be to win on Sunday.

"If we are then there's no question in my mind that we'll win comfortably."

Feisty.

Mark Sampson
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Germany v Denmark (20:00 BST)

Holders many times over Germany make two changes from the team which beat Russia 2-0. Out go Carolin Simon and Mandy Islacker, in come Linda Dallman and Isabell Kerschowski.

It's just one change for the Danes, as Maja Kildemoes replaces Frederikke Thogersen.

Ground staff try to clear the surface water
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Rain delays play

Germany v Denmark (20:00 BST)

Welcome back to the Euro 2017 quarter-finals!

My oh my, there's been a deluge of rain in Rotterdam. The game between Germany and Denmark is going ahead but there's a 15 minute delay to proceedings.

So as it stands, we'll get going at 20:00 BST.

Pernille Harder
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Up next, we'll bring you live updates from Rotterdam where holders Germany face Denmark in the second quarter-final.

Join us back here in around 30 minutes!

FULL-TIME

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

That's it! The hosts are the first team into the final four.

They will face the winner of France v England, who play tomorrow.

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YELLOW CARD

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Substitute Beerensteyn picks up a yellow card and then has a decent chance on goal.

The Netherlands forward fights her way through on the right and has a go with her left foot, but her finish isn't good enough.

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

A tame attempt on goal from Mimmi Larsson falls into the grasp of Sari van Veenendaal.

And then Stina Blackstenius has her head in her hands as she goes one-on-one with the Netherlands keeper but she shins her effort and gets nothing on it.

The Sweden striker has looked out-of-sorts here today.

SUBSTITUTION

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Sweden introduced Mimmi Larsson in place of Jonna Andersson, and now the Netherlands have made their last change.

Lineth Beerensteyn of Bayern Munich comes on for Lieke Martens, who looks like she's struggling with cramp. She's been brilliant for the hosts this evening.

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

A cracking bit of defending from Jessica Samuelsson who comes storming in to clear away the danger from the feet of Lieke Martens.

Hedvig Lindahl, the Sweden keeper, then comes rushing out of her goal to deny the hosts.

At the other end, substitute Mimmi Larsson pokes over. It's all happening

DISALLOWED GOAL

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

A long ball in finds Stina Blackstenius. She gets her head to it, with the keeper coming at her, and it trickles towards the line.

Lotta Schelin nudges it over, but she's been ruled offside.

A sigh of relief from the hosts.

Stina Blackstenius
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Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Sweden have reached at least the semi-finals in five of the last six Euros tournaments. But time is running out if they want to make it this year.

Just over 12 minutes remaining here.

Danielle van de Donk and Lotta Schelin
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SUBSTITUTION

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Shanice van de Sanden gets a huge reception as she leaves the field. The Liverpool player's been one of the stand-out performers for the hosts.

She waves her arms and cups her ear as she comes off. A showboat of a substitution!

On in her place is forward Renate Jansen.

SUBSTITUTION

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Sweden make their first change. Fridolina Rolfo makes way for midfelder Hanna Folkessson.

CLOSE!

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Gaaaah, so close.

Vivianne Miedema almost has her second of the match as she turns and shoots but can only volley wide of the post.

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

The Netherlands are all over this now.

Danielle van de Donk finds the tricky Shanice van de Sanden making an inviting run on the left.

Her ball into the box is poor, though, and Sweden's defence clears.

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

The stadium is rocking here. That second goal should be enough to see the Netherlands through. They have been the better side. #nedvswe

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

In a bizarre turn of events, the trumpeter in the crowd breaks out into a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

After that second goal, the home fans are celebrating like it's new year's eve. But as is the tradition, they stop singing after the first verse because they don't know the words.

GOAL - Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Vivianne Miedema (63 mins)

What a counter attack!

Lieke Martens loops a long ball over the top to an on-rushing Shanice van de Sanden on the right.

The Netherlands number seven weaves into the box, squares the ball to Vivianne Miedema and the Arsenal forward just needs to slide it in.

The hosts are on their way to the semis!

Netherlands celebrate second goal
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Netherlands 1-0 Sweden

Brilliant play for the Netherlands.

Jackie Groenen makes a lovely run into the box, feeds left to Lieke Martens and the goal-scorer's cross into the box finds Vivianne Mideema, but she can't get her header on target, as it floats over the bar.

Netherlands 1-0 Sweden

Sweden have a free-kick just over the half-way line, in the Netherlands half.

It's floated in by Kosovare Asllani but it's cleared before any danger is caused.

The women in blue patiently try to build up some attacking momentum again, and they win another free-kick on the half-way line after Kika van Es is penalised.

Miedema clears it away this time.

Netherlands 1-0 Sweden

Ay up, someone's produced a trumpet in the sell-out crowd and that's really got the Netherlands fans going.

Play that funky music.

CLOSE!

Netherlands 1-0 Sweden

Another decent chance for Sweden!

Stina Blackstenius out-smarts substitute defender Mandy van den Berg, takes the ball down under full control but can only place her shot over the bar.

The Sweden striker's scored twice in this tournament, but she doesn't look confident in front of goal at the moment.

Netherlands 1-0 Sweden

The orange majority in the crowd have found their voice and inflatable clappers again.

What are they actually called? I'm sure it's something like thunder sticks...

Anyway, they're easily as annoying as the vuvuzela, circa World Cup 2010.