Women’s World Cup: Netherlands beat Sweden to reach maiden final
The Netherlands scored 1-0 in tense semi-final to seal place in the World Cup final against United States on Sunday.
The Netherlands beat Sweden 1-0 in extra time late on Wednesday at Stade de Lyon in France to advance to the 2019 FIFA Womens’ World Cup final.
The Oranjeleeuwinnen – or orange lionesses, as the side are also known – will meet the defending champions the United States in the final on Sunday.
The team coached by Sarina Wiegman prevailed against Sweden after extra time, with a winning goal by Jackie Groenen in the 99th minute.
It is the first time the Dutch women’s side has reached a World Cup final.
Following their defeat, Sweden will take on England in a third-place playoff.
England women’s 2-1 loss to the US on Tuesday marked the team’s third-straight semi-final defeat in major tournaments after they bowed out against Japan in the 2015 World Cup in Canada and later lost to the Netherlands in Euro 2017.