Vivianne Miedema confirmed her class by serving to the Netherlands to earn a 1-1 draw towards a powerful Sweden facet.
It was the Swedes who seemed the most probably to win the conflict at Bramall Lane in entrance of greater than 21,000 followers, nonetheless a second of high quality from the Arsenal talisman was sufficient to assist Mark Parsons’ facet to a hard-earned level as she teed up Jill Roord to degree the sport after Jonna Andersson’s opener.
It was a sluggish begin for the reigning European champions as Sweden pressed excessive and triggered them loads of points on the again.
It wasn’t lengthy till a collision with a defender noticed Netherlands’ stopper Sari van Veenendaal introduced off with what seemed like a rib harm, to get replaced by Daphne van Domselaar.
Contemporary from approaching the pitch, the 22-year-old van Domselaar was examined by Sweden as they peppered her aim with a number of efforts, certainly one of which got here from Fridolina Rolfo who tried her luck from simply contained in the opposition half.
Nonetheless it didn’t take lengthy for the younger stopper to be selecting the ball out of her web as Sweden took the lead by means of Andersson, following some great wing play from Kosovare Asllani.
Issues went from dangerous to worse shortly earlier than the break when Dutch full-back Aniek Nouwen additionally hobbled off injured, giving Netherlands coach Mark Parsons a lot to consider on the break.
Fortunately, the Netherlands’ talisman, Miedema, didn’t take lengthy to place a quiet first half behind her to encourage a transfer that led to Roord sweeping dwelling from inside the world to make it 1-1.
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In reality, neither facet had been at their fluent greatest at Bramall Lane, however Miedema, who’s the all-time WSL high scorer, was in a position to take the sport by the scruff off the neck and gave the Netherlands a combating probability of getting an important three factors in Group C.
Each side had alternatives throughout the second interval, however a aim apiece was most likely a good consequence as two of the competitors’s canceled one another out in an entertaining affair.
Nonetheless that wasn’t the one match happening on a jam-packed Saturday night time.
Elsewhere in Group C, Portugal had been held to a 2-2 draw by Switzerland at Leigh Sports activities Village.
It was a disastrous begin for the Portuguese as a Coumba Sow stunner was adopted by a header from Rahel Kiwic to present the Swiss a surprising 2-0 lead inside simply 4 minutes.
Regardless of being shell-shocked, Portugal fought again as Diana Gomes poked dwelling on the hour-mark, earlier than Jessica Silva leveled the sport with a superb end.
Whereas either side ended the sport with a degree apiece, they’ll each be hoping for an improved consequence of their subsequent, extra difficult encounters.