• Follow us

Travel

Netherlands get past Sweden in listless semifinal at Women’s World Cup

LYON — Sweden and the Netherlands was never going to live up to United States and England, but at least they could have tried to put on a better show.

A dull, tactical semifinal between the European rivals was decided on a goal from Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen nine minutes into the first half of extra time in front of 48,452 at the Stade de Lyon on Wednesday.

Groenen took a layoff from Vivianne Miedema at the top of the penalty area and fired a low shot into the corner of the net past Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl to give the Netherlands a 1-0 win.

The Netherlands will face the United States in the final here on Sunday, while Sweden was regulated to the third-place game against England on Saturday in Nice.

“I think this is amazing, it’s fantastic, I can’t believe we’re going to a World Cup final,” said Netherlands midfielder Sherida Spitse. “In football anything can happen and it’s so nice that we’ve won all our games so far in this tournament. We want to win the next game, but first we’re going to enjoy this night.”

Netherlands’ Jackie Groenen (left) and Inessa Kaagman (right) celebrate their victory over Sweden in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal in Lyon, France, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Bernadett Szabo / Reuters

Netherlands are the current reigning European champions and could add a World Cup title to their trophy case with a victory against the United States.

The Netherlands will have to play much better than they did against Sweden, however, to dethrone the defending World Cup champion Americans, who won a thrilling semifinal 2-1 against England here on Tuesday.

There were few chances in the first half as both Sweden and the Netherlands took a very cautious approach to the contest working harder not to lose it rather than trying and win it.

The best chance of the first half fell to Sweden midfielder Lina Hurtig, who had the ball bounce to her following a corner kick, but her shot was kicked away by Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

As they had against Canada in the second round, and then again against Germany in the quarterfinal, Sweden sat back and defended, content to try and hit the Netherlands on the counterattack.

“Sweden is a good team, they are really organized, especially defending,” Spitse said. “We played better in the second half. We had more control and they had some chances, but we have a good goalkeeper in Sari and she made some really nice saves. Then the one good chance Jackie had, she finished it and we’re really happy that we are going to the final.”

Netherlands, leery of the Sweden strategy, were hesitant to push players forward in support of their strikers, leaving them alone to fend against the Swedish wall of defenders. It made for a boring first half.

In the second, Nilla Fischer came close to giving Sweden the lead in the 55th minute, getting the ball off a scramble following a corner kick and firing a low shot that hit the goal post.

Just over eight minutes later, it was Netherlands’ turn to come close as Miedema headed a corner, which Lindahl tipped up and off the crossbar.

“It’s really hard to talk about the game when a dream falls apart like it did tonight,” said Sweden forward Sofia Jakobsson. “We wanted to play in the final and we won’t be able to do it. We had some really good chances to win this game or even take it to penalties. It was tough to lose this way.”

In the 70th minute, the Netherlands brought in striker Shanice van de Sanden, who plays her club soccer at this stadium for Olympique Lyonnais and was greeted by a resounding applause from both Dutch and French fans in the stands.

Van de Sanden is considered one of the Netherlands best attacking threats coming into the tournament, but had yet to score a goal and started on the bench for the first time. She made an immediate impact with her speed down the right wing. She nearly won the game for Netherlands on practically the last kick of regulation time as her shot heading for the top corner was tipped over the bar by Lindahl.

Once the Netherlands went up a goal in extra time, they piled players behind the ball to defend the lead. Sweden pushed for the equalizer, but never did generate a good opportunity.

“This is unbelievable, I think it’s incredible that we’re going to play a final against the U.S.A. at the World Cup,” van de Sanden said. “I can’t even believe it yet. Hopefully we can show all our qualities against the United States.”

Email: dvandiest@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @DerekVanDiest

Read More



Leave A Comment

More News

Top Travel stories

Toronto warms up to a cold one 2019-07-03 20:04:58It has taken four years, but Toronto Councillor Mike Layton says the city is finally making it much easier for entrepreneurs to tap into the growing l

LILLEY: Canadians are voting Scheer with their wallets 2019-07-03 19:48:30There are polls which gauge voter support and try to predict which way an election might go, and then there are the ways people vote with their wallet

LILLEY: Trudeau government slips on ethics again 2019-07-03 19:37:33We have an ethically challenged federal government, no one can deny that. Our prime minister has been found in violation of ethics law violations as h

EDITORIAL: The Liberals have problems with judicial independence 2019-07-03 19:31:45It’s not enough that politicians be clear of actual wrongdoing when it comes to misdeeds, such as corruption or improperly interfering with the

MANDEL: Court criticizes Toronto JP for waiving victim 2019-07-03 19:26:50The Robin Hood of Toronto East court has had his knuckles rapped — and so Justice of the Peace Patrick Marum won’t be waiving the victim f

Netherlands get past Sweden in listless semifinal at 2019-07-03 19:12:29LYON — Sweden and the Netherlands was never going to live up to United States and England, but at least they could have tried to put on a better

GOLDSTEIN: Canadians want fewer refugees, while Liberals want 2019-07-03 19:06:37A slew of recent public opinion polls on Canadian attitudes toward immigrants and refugees — the latest one commissioned by the CBC — sugg

Roxodus Music Festival cancelled due to ‘rainy weather’ 2019-07-03 18:57:02Provincial police are reportedly investigating the company behind the now-cancelled Roxodus Festival. The four-day rock fest was set for July 11-14 at

FUREY: China just laughed in Canada’s face – 2019-07-03 18:47:41The Chinese government has now delivered what the kids today would call a “sick burn” against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Af

Coyotes will get their Phil 2019-07-03 18:22:31Rick Tocchet, nicknamed ‘the Phil Kessel Whisperer’ for his unique relationship with the quirky star, says the winger is going to be fine

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 3 2019-07-03 00:30:22TWO IDEAS AND TWO ADDICTIONS Since 1974 I have been endorsing two ideas 1) profit sharing with any American citizen that works for a living and 2) Ran

Drake ‘mounting recruiting campaign’ to keep Kawhi Leonard 2019-07-03 00:09:04With #KawhiUpdate and #KawhitotheLakers both trending on social media all day Tuesday, it seems the Raptors are playing their biggest trump card in th

Canada Travel - The

The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Mascot Got A Makeover And 2019-07-03 18:05:10He’s beauty and he’s grace, he’s got a terrifying smile on his face — he’s the new Gainer the Gopher, and people are not

Canada Seeks International Support On Banning Russian Passports 2019-07-03 17:34:00OTTAWA — Canada is courting international support for its plan to reject Russian passports given to Ukrainian citizens in the parts of Ukraine o

HuffPost Canada Splash: July 3, 2019 2019-07-03 16:59:59

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Are Keeping Archie's 2019-07-03 16:27:58Bad news for your royal baby betting pools: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be keeping the identities of baby Archie’s godparents a secret.T

Mike Schreiner, Ontario's Only Green MPP, Kicks Off 2019-07-03 16:14:24When asked what the Ford government could be doing better on environmental policy, Mike Schreiner starts laughing. “Well first of all, stop

Are Noisy Hand Dryers Causing Hearing Damage? A 2019-07-03 16:06:08The concerns of any parent tending to a child may proliferate when entering the dampness of a public bathroom: Avoid the radioactive puddles on the fl

Special Prosecutor Will Assist With Investigation Into Alberta 2019-07-03 15:31:35EDMONTON — The Alberta government says a special out-of-province prosecutor will assist in a criminal fraud investigation into the United Conser

Take It From An Online Teacher: E-Learning Sets 2019-07-03 15:11:49In early June 2019, PricewaterhouseCoopers reportedly sent unsolicited emails to Ontario guidance counsellors offering gift cards in exchange for

Potash Producer Nutrien Says 34 Workers Trapped In 2019-07-03 14:48:04SASKATOON — Nutrien Ltd. says 34 maintenance workers have been trapped in its Cory potash mine in Saskatchewan since Tuesday afternoon.Company s

Vancouver's Benchmark House Price Drops Back Below $1 2019-07-03 14:10:33Good news, would-be homebuyers in Vancouver: Things have just gotten a little easier for you.Not easy, mind you. But easier.The latest data from the R

Period Pain Leads To 9 Days A Year 2019-07-03 13:48:44If, for some reason, you are undecided in your feelings about menstrual pain, here’s yet another reason to hate it: according to a new study, it

Tories Flush With Cash Heading Into Election As 2019-07-03 13:32:42OTTAWA — Newly released figures show the federal Conservatives entered this election year having outpaced the Liberals in fundraising by more th

Breaking Travel News

Focus: 4 Reasons to Visit Hawaii at Least 2019-07-03 07:06:22Hawaii, the tropical vacation spot with natural beauty is unlike any other place in the world. Starting from the majestic mountains to city life, you

News: Royal Caribbean Cruises orders third Icon-class ship 2019-07-03 06:48:10Royal Caribbean Cruises has today announced that it has entered into an agreement with shipbuilder Meyer Turku to order a third Icon-class ship for de

News: Zuber and Armitage step up to Kerzner 2019-07-03 06:09:43Kerzner International Holdings has announced the promotion of two key executives. Philippe Zuber has been promoted to chief operating officer of the c

News: Africa Hotel Investment Forum reveals financial impact 2019-07-03 06:02:15An independent assessment by the international tourism advisory expert, Martin Jansen van Vuuren, has quantified the significant economic benefits to

News: Carnival Vista to undergo floating repairs in 2019-07-03 05:42:26Carnival Cruise Line has revealed that Netherlands-based Boskalis will deploy a transport vessel as a first of its kind “floating dry dock&rdquo

News: Delta to roll-out new main cabin dining 2019-07-03 05:28:30Customers will enjoy a new dining experience later this year when Delta debuts its new main cabin service. Complimentary welcome cocktails, featuring

News: Aer Lingus takes off for Minneapolis−Saint Paul 2019-07-03 05:17:03Aer Lingus’ inaugural service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, gateway to the Midwest, has taken to the skies, marking the start of the airline’s

Focus: Successful second annual Mexico Travel Roadshow 2019 2019-07-03 04:56:30Top Mexican destinations and suppliers met tour operators and travel agents last week in three important regions in the UK. With the UK being the most

News: MS Roald Amundsen takes to water for 2019-07-03 04:29:01Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen has made what the company is calling maritime history, becoming the first cruise ship in the

News: Loisaba Lodo Springs in Loisaba Conservancy opens 2019-07-03 04:22:45Elewana Collection has opened Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs in Loisaba Conservancy in Kenya. The move brings the total number of properties under the b

News: Global Tourism & Crisis Management Centre partners 2019-07-03 04:16:48The recently established Global Tourism & Crisis Management Centre is set to partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conduct res

News: GTMC rebrands as Business Travel Association 2019-07-03 04:04:41The GTMC has rebranded as the Business Travel Association. The new brand identity and logo was unveiled at its annual overseas conference, being held

TORONTO STAR | LIFE | TRAVEL

Are budget airlines really worth it? 2019-06-22 10:01:04Christian Nielsen, the chief legal officer at AirHelp, a site that helps passengers make claims against airlines, recommends travellers consider wheth

A solo quest to find the source off 2019-06-22 09:54:04In Roman times, it formed the boundary between Gaul and Germania. More recently, of course, pivotal battles of two World Wars were fought here.

At Singapore’s Changi Airport, it’s an adventure before 2019-06-22 09:13:04The result of four years of construction and $1.25 billion (U.S.) in investment, the commercial and entertainment structure aims to do what no other b

Rustic hospitality, but only for foot traffic 2019-06-22 09:05:03Accessible only by foot and connected by the Appalachian Trail, the eight huts offer rustic but comfortable hospitality.

Tradition and evolution coexist at the scenic Connecticut 2019-06-21 23:10:59The village of Stonington is a Rockwellian picture of a New England coastal town, and an idyllic respite from the summer mobs that descend upon places

A journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Sleeping 2019-06-21 21:19:57Despite its war-torn buildings, Bosnia is home to scenery that fits the platonic ideal of a fairy tale, a dreamy dominion punctuated by spindly minare

Scuba diving and stand up paddleboarding in Japan’s 2019-06-21 19:48:56One of the 36 islands in the Kerama Islands archipelago, Zamami has an area of about10 square kilometres and is the perfect place for stand up paddleb

Avoid these travel ‘hacks’ for a smoother summer 2019-06-21 19:32:59Whether it’s the terms of your loyalty program or the complex tariffs governing your airline ticket, the travel industry’s rules are compl

Flying well with kids takes more than a 2019-06-21 18:40:55Travelling, especially flying, with kids is difficult, but not impossible.

This rural retreat to the forests of southern 2019-06-21 18:23:55Stedsans in the Woods offers a chance to stay in a remote uptoia among pines and old-growth oaks in the Swedish woods.

Where to find the best frozen custard in 2019-06-16 18:24:12Here’s the scoop on all the frozen treat hot spots in Cream City.

How to take better travel photos without buying 2019-06-16 18:11:16Before you spend money on a new camera, try improving the photos you take with your current camera or phone. You may be happy enough with the results


Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.