Groenen strike sends Netherlands to final
Netherlands progressed to their first ever Women’s World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Sweden after extra-time.
Manchester United Women’s first overseas signing Jackie Groenen would prove to be the hero as her sweet strike in extra-time sailed past Hedvig Lindahl in the Swedish goal in a tight semi final affair.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal had a game to remember as she kept her side level with three world class saves as she tipped Nilla Fischer’s powerful low effort onto the post.
It was then the turn of Lindahl to make a superb stop as she parried a Vivianne Miedema header onto the crossbar before the ball bounced away to safety.
Lindahl then was forced into a great save in the 90th minute as Shanice Van de Sanden’s powerful strike was beaten away by the former Chelsea goalkeeper.
Groenen’s winner saw the Scandinavians knocked out by the same side that defeated them at the quarter final stage of Euro 2017 as the Netherlands went on to lift that trophy.
However the game ended in a concerning way for former Manchester City midfielder Kosovare Asllani as she was taken off on a stretcher after an awkward landing.
Sweden will take on England in the 3/4th place playoff on Saturday while Netherlands meet USA in Sunday’s showpiece final.