Dutch beat Danes to win women’s Euro

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Abrace from Vi­vianne Miedema led hosts Nether­lands to a 4-2 win over Den­mark and their first women’s Euro ti­tle in En­schede yes­ter­day.

Miedema pulled the hosts level at 1-1 on ten min­utes and added her sec­ond goal two min­utes from the end to round off the scor­ing, with Lieke Martens and skip­per Sherida Spitse also scor­ing for the cham­pi­ons.

Den­mark took the lead as Na­dia Nadim scored from the penalty spot on six min­utes af­ter Kika van Es had brought down Sanne Troels­gaard in the box.

Miedema then fired home a su­perb cross from right winger Shan­ice van de San­den who had out­sprinted Ce­cilie Sand­vej on the wing.

Martens turned with the ball just out­side the box in the 28th minute and her low left-footer beat div­ing Dan­ish keeper Stina Petersen at her left post.

The valiant Danes equalised on 33 min­utes when skip­per Pernille Harder picked up a long pass on the right wing, took it in­side the box and wrong-footed Dutch keeper Sari van Vee­nen­daal, scor­ing with a low left-foot shot to her left post.

Spitse then scored five min­utes af­ter the break with a low shot from a free-kick and Miedema made it 4-2 af­ter fool­ing a de­fender in­side the box and beat­ing Petersen with a low shot in the 89th minute.

The Dutch are only the fourth team to lift the tro­phy af­ter eight-time cham­pi­ons Ger­many, two-time win­ners Nor­way and Swe­den, who won the first edi­tion in 1984.

Dutch ladies cel­e­brate af­ter beat­ing Den­mark 4-2 to win their first EURO Women’s ti­tle

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