Women’s UEFA EURO 2022: Stunning winner Danielle van de Donk snatches victory from the Netherlands

“I almost never score goals like [my winner]”, Van de Donk said, according to UEFA.com.

“Usually I only score vtash. I know where the ball is going and I hit it. This time, I don’t know what’s going on!”

It was an exciting game in which second-placed Portugal tournament – made a two-goal comeback to equalize but ultimately lost to the defending champion.

The Netherlands’ preparations were derailed by injuries and Covid, which left them without four of their best players, including captain Sari van Venendaal and all-time top scorer Vivianne Miedema.

Portugal almost took advantage of the failure of the Dutch immediately, but an early try was ruled out due to offside.

However, the Netherlands found their rhythm two minutes later, with Sherida Spice taking two corners quickly in a row. On the second, Damaris Egurrola’s header hit the net and opened the scoring.

As with the match against Switzerland on Saturday, Portugal conceded another quick goal less than 10 minutes after that.

Spice took another perfectly executed corner and although Portugal initially saved the Dutch attack, a goal seemed inevitable as the ball ricocheted around the penalty area before Stefanie van der Gragt eventually headed the ball into the net and doubled the lead.

Despite being two goals behind, the Iberians began to create opportunities.

One promising attack was only stopped by a Dutch foul and Karol Costa converted a penalty to get her team back in contention 10 minutes before half time.

Portugal rallied by conceding the first two goals.

Portugal continued their comeback by starting the second half on purpose.

A brilliant save by Dutch goalkeeper Daphne von Domselaar took the ball over the bar, but the Portuguese continued pressing without stopping and created another opportunity a minute later, which Diana Silva finished with a header.

After equalizing with two goals, all the momentum was with Portugal and it took van de Donk’s otherworldly strike to put the defending champions ahead again.

“We competed, and that was our goal for this game, courageously, ambitiously, knowing who we are up against,” Portugal head coach Francisco Neto said, according to UEFA.com.

“There were times when we were not as organized as we should have been, and again some small details mattered. But my team has shown an attitude, a determination that makes me so proud of what they’ve done.”

The Netherlands are now on the cusp of a quarter-final place at the top of their group with another group stage match against Switzerland on Sunday.