Women's European Championship - Group A
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Netherlands and Denmark into last eight

Sherida Spitse
Sherida Spitse's second penalty in two games gave the Netherlands a first-half lead

The Netherlands reached the last eight of Women's Euro 2017 with victory over Belgium, and Denmark joined them by beating 2013 finalists Norway.

After Sherida Spitse's penalty gave the Netherlands the lead, Belgium's Tessa Wullaert levelled from long range.

But a deflected shot from Barcelona winger Lieke Martens ensured the hosts topped Group A with a 100% record.

Norway exited without scoring in their three losses, as Katrine Veje's early goal gave Denmark second spot.

The Netherlands had looked set for a nervy finish when Wullaert's bizarre, looping effort dropped in over unsuspecting Arsenal keeper Sari van Veenendaal.

Belgium still needed another goal to have a chance of going through, and Martens' winner settled matters.

Norway pay the penalty

Caroline Graham Hansen (left)
Caroline Graham Hansen's first-half spot-kick for Norway was saved

Norway have reached two of the past three European finals, but their disappointing 2017 campaign was summed up by a frustrating night in Deventer.

They fell behind to a fifth-minute opener from Veje, as she tucked in a left-footed effort from Pernille Harder's well-timed pass.

The two-time winners had a great chance to level after Sanne Troelsgaard brought down BBC Women's Footballer of the Year Ada Hegerberg in the area, but Wolfsburg forward Caroline Graham Hansen's penalty was saved.

Norway - who knew they had to win to have any hope of avoiding elimination - hit the woodwork twice in quick succession late on, as first Graham Hansen hit the post, then Ingrid Wold struck the bar.

Graham Hansen then thought she had equalised, but her effort was ruled out as Hegerberg was offside in the build-up. Lisa-Marie Utland then had a header brilliantly saved.

Denmark will play the winners of Group B in Rotterdam on Saturday, while the Netherlands will meet the runners-up in Doetinchem.

Two of Sweden, holders Germany and Russia will progress from Group B, which concludes on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Belgium

  • 1Odeurs
  • 22DelooseBooked at 54mins
  • 10Zeler
  • 3Jaques
  • 4CoutereelsSubstituted forVanmechelenat 45'minutes
  • 7Van GorpSubstituted forCorynat 57'minutes
  • 8OnziaSubstituted forDanielsat 76'minutes
  • 6De Caigny
  • 2Philtjens
  • 11Cayman
  • 9Wullaert

Substitutes

  • 5Van De Putte
  • 12Lemey
  • 13Yuceil
  • 14Vanmechelen
  • 15Daniels
  • 16Van Den Abbeele
  • 17Coryn
  • 18Deneve
  • 19Courtois
  • 20Biesmans
  • 21Evrard
  • 23Van Wynendaele

Netherlands

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 22van der Most
  • 6DekkerBooked at 32mins
  • 3van der GragtBooked at 88mins
  • 5van Es
  • 14GroenenSubstituted forRoordat 80'minutes
  • 8Spitse
  • 7van de Sanden
  • 10van de DonkBooked at 61minsSubstituted forZeemanat 75'minutes
  • 11Martens
  • 9MiedemaBooked at 72minsSubstituted forLewerissaat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2van Lunteren
  • 4van den Berg
  • 12Roord
  • 13Jansen
  • 15Folkertsma
  • 16Christ
  • 17Zeeman
  • 18Lewerissa
  • 19van den Bulk
  • 20Janssen
  • 21Beerensteyn
  • 23Geurts
Referee:
Bibiana Steinhaus
Attendance:
12,697

Match Stats

Home TeamBelgiumAway TeamNetherlands
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Belgium Women 1, Netherlands Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Belgium Women 1, Netherlands Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Belgium Women. Davina Vanmechelen tries a through ball, but Tessa Wullaert is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shanice van de Sanden (Netherlands Women).

  5. Post update

    Davina Philtjens (Belgium Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jana Coryn (Belgium Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Belgium Women. Conceded by Vanity Lewerissa.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Belgium Women. Conceded by Kika van Es.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Heleen Jaques (Belgium Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Belgium Women. Conceded by Sari van Veenendaal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tessa Wullaert (Belgium Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Davina Vanmechelen.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Davina Philtjens (Belgium Women) with an attempt from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  13. Booking

    Stefanie van der Gragt (Netherlands Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Stefanie van der Gragt (Netherlands Women).

  15. Post update

    Jana Coryn (Belgium Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands Women. Vanity Lewerissa replaces Vivianne Miedema.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands Women) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shanice van de Sanden with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Sherida Spitse (Netherlands Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Davina Philtjens (Belgium Women).

  20. Post update

    Lieke Martens (Netherlands Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 24th July 2017

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands33004139
2Denmark32012116
3Belgium31023303
4Norway300304-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden21102024
2Germany21102114
3Russia210123-13
4Italy200224-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria21102114
2France21102114
3Switzerland21012203
4Iceland200213-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22008086
2Spain21012203
3Portugal210123-13
4Scotland200218-70
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