Women’s UEFA EURO 2022: France finally breaks through Dutch defenses and lifts quarter-final curse

Eva Perisse’s penalty in the 102nd minute was enough to finally break through the Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaer and end the streak of three in a row. Euro quarter finals.

Van Domselaer led a hard-fought game for the Dutch, who, defending the title they won five years ago at home, lost 33-9 to the dominant French side.

After earning her second cap in only the first leg of the tournament, when starting goalkeeper Sari van Venendaal was injured just 30 minutes later, the 22-year-old made ten saves with virtuosity between sticks.

Calling the game “world class”, Dutch coach Mark Parsons believes it was the best goalkeeping performance he has seen since Germany’s Nadine Angerer saved two penalties to help her team to victory in the 2013 final.

“The goalkeeper of the tournament, there is no one even close to her,” Parsons told reporters.

Van Domselaar makes another save to upset the French.

“We are here to make history”

And on the rare occasions when van Domselaer lost, the Dutch defenders threw their bodies into the line. Stephanie van der Gragt provided the choice of blocks by deflecting a close-range shot from Melvin Malard with her knees just inches from the net.

However, resistance was finally broken in the first half of extra time when Kadidiatou Diani beat Dominik Janssen in the box. Initially, referee Ivana Martincic waved the game off, but a penalty was awarded after being checked by a video assistant referee.

Van Domselaer had a hand in Perissa’s penalty, but failed to save the defender, who signed for Chelsea in June.

Perisse scores from the penalty spot.

The French rounded out their lead by stamping a spot in the semi-finals and a clash with Germany in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, prompting jubilant scenes from players and coach Corinne Diacre.

“I am very proud that this team has set a big goal for itself. This team gives absolutely everything,” Diacre told reporters. “I love the fact that the players gave their all and continued to give their all. They stayed true to our game plan.

“We wanted to score early, but we were opposed by a great Dutch goalkeeper. As for our physical form, today the teams gave a lot of answers, including in defense.

“We have been rewarded for our efforts. We are here to make history – the players and staff want to make history for themselves and there is still a lot to be done,” she added.

Perisse (3L) celebrates his goal with teammates.

“There is not a single player left in the tank”

In Germany, the French will face a team that won the Euros six times in a row between 1995 and 2013. Eight-time champions secured a place in yet another semi-final by beating Austria 2–0.but for France it’s uncharted waters after a heartbreaking string of early exits.

Match winner Perisset said: “We are very happy because we always stumbled in the quarter-finals before.

“Today we managed to pass this stage. We put on a very good performance. We are very happy and now we can enjoy this semi-final qualifier.”

On the contrary, for the Dutch players, they were pictures of exhaustion and desperation, many of which fell to the floor after the main whistle.

The return of prolific star striker Vivianne Miedema from Covid-19 looked set to bolster the reigning champions, but the Arsenal striker looked isolated all along as the Dutch were forced to fend off wave after wave of French attacks in depth.

“It was a tough game for her, she had nothing left at the end,” Parsons said of Midem.

French striker Kadidiatou Diani competes with the Dutch national team.  defender Stefanie van der Gragt.

Not a single player has anything left in the tank, in his bodies. They gave everything. We were hanging on by a thread for the first half.

“When we were better offensively and created chances, they could break through. But our heroic defense was very, very impressive in almost every moment of the game. Everyone is active.”

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France or Germany will fight the winner host England semifinal match with Sweden in Sheffield on Tuesday.