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Women's World Cup qualifier: Northern Ireland 0-5 Netherlands

Watch: NI fall to Netherlands defeat

Northern Ireland's hopes of reaching next year's Women's World Cup are over following a heavy defeat by the Netherlands.

Bayern Munich's Lineth Beerensteyn scored the only goal of a cagey first half.

The hosts were still in the game before quick-fire strikes from Danielle van de Donk and Shanice van de Sanden.

Sherida Spitse and Jackie Groenen were also on target as the reigning European champions remain top of Group C.

Given the quality of opposition, Alfie Wylie's side opted to drop deep in defence and attempted to crowd out the Dutch in the final third.

The tactic did appear to be frustrating the Netherlands, who were restricted largely to long-range efforts.

Spitse forced Jackie Burns in to a low save from a free-kick early on before going close again moments later.

With seven players stationed in or around their own box, Northern Ireland were ensuring that the potent Dutch attack was largely nullified from inside 18 yards.

The hosts were given a warning on the half-hour mark when Lieke Martens struck the post with a low 25-yard drive.

Five minutes later winger Beerensteyn opened the scoring with an almost identical effort, evading the dive of Burns.

Home chances at a premium

With so much committed to the defensive effort, Northern Ireland struggled to make an impression on the Dutch back line.

Their best opportunity came with the scores at 0-0 when Julie Nelson's effort was well saved before bouncing up and appearing to hit the hand of midfielder Anouk Dekker. Despite appeals the referee waved play on.

NI v Holland
Van de Sanden, Beerensteyn and Groenen all got on the scoresheet for the European champions

Dutch class shines through

The game stretched in the second half allowing the Dutch to stamp their authority on proceedings.

Van de Sanden found space on the right and punished the Northern Ireland defence by delivering an inch-perfect cut-back for Arsenal midfielder Van de Donk to slam home from close range.

The provider turned goalscorer moments later when Van de Sanden created space inside the box courtesy of some mesmerising footwork before finishing with aplomb into the bottom corner.

With Dutch pace causing more and more problems, Rachel Newborough brought down Beerensteyn inside the area, allowing Spitse to step up and convert the resulting penalty.

Frankfurt midfielder Groenen added the final goal with a high finish as the Netherlands, ranked seventh in the world, completed a comprehensive victory and tightened their grip on Group C.

Line-ups

Northern Ireland

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Burns
  • 2NewboroughBooked at 74mins
  • 14Simpson
  • 5Nelson
  • 4Rafferty
  • 6Vance
  • 8Callaghan
  • 9McFaddenSubstituted forSherwoodat 64'minutes
  • 10Furness
  • 11McGuinnessSubstituted forBellat 87'minutes
  • 15SmythSubstituted forMilliganat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Foy
  • 7Sherwood
  • 12Perry
  • 13McMaster
  • 16Holdaway
  • 17Bell
  • 20Milligan

Netherlands

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 13JansenSubstituted forJansenat 82'minutes
  • 6Dekker
  • 20Janssen
  • 15Worm
  • 14Groenen
  • 8Spitse
  • 7van de SandenSubstituted forvan Lunterenat 72'minutes
  • 10van de Donk
  • 11MartensSubstituted forRoordat 69'minutes
  • 21Beerensteyn

Substitutes

  • 2van Lunteren
  • 3van der Gragt
  • 4Zeeman
  • 12Roord
  • 16Vreugdenhil
  • 17van Dongen
  • 19Jansen
Referee:
Tess Olofsson
Attendance:
954

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthern IrelandAway TeamNetherlands
Possession
Home21%
Away79%
Shots
Home1
Away34
Shots on Target
Home1
Away14
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away3

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 8th June 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England65102011916
2Wales642040414
3Football Union of Russia5212101007
4Bos-Herze6105314-113
5Kazakhstan5005012-120

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland55001531215
2Scotland5401123912
3Poland521210827
4Albania7115520-154
5Belarus6105412-83

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands65102002016
2Norway54011531212
3R. of Ireland631265110
4Northern Ireland6105422-183
5Slovakia5005318-150

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden55001811715
2Denmark54011651112
3Ukraine521267-17
4Hungary6114719-124
5Croatia7025419-152

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany65012832515
2Iceland54101931613
3Czech Republic521213677
4Slovenia6204916-76
5Faroe Islands6006041-410

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy77001821621
2Belgium53111851310
3Portugal51139634
4Romania511358-34
5Moldova6015231-291

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain66001711618
2Austria631296310
3Finland52125417
4Serbia621358-37
5Israel7016017-171
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