The Washington Post

Dutch surge to seize spot in the Euro quarterfin­als

NETHERLAND­S 4, SWITZERLAN­D 1

- ASSOCIATED PRESS

The defending champion Netherland­s needed a late surge to beat Switzerlan­d, 4-1, and guarantee a place in the European Championsh­ip quarterfin­als Sunday, while Sweden qualified with ease in a 5-0 win over Portugal.

Still missing star forward Vivianne Miedema, the Dutch were held at 1-1 until the 84th minute when Romee Leuchter sent a looping header high over goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann.

Victoria Pelova made it 3-1 in the 89th minute, after a lengthy VAR check for offside, and Leuchter got her second in added time.

The performanc­e of the Dutch wasn’t enough to secure first place in Group C — which went to Sweden — so the Netherland­s must face France in the quarterfin­als.

Sweden notched two goals just before halftime to take the fight out of Portugal. Filippa Angeldal opened the scoring in the 21st and added another in the 45th before an own-goal made it 3-0.

Kosovare Asllani scored on a 54th-minute penalty, and Stina Blacksteni­us further extended Sweden’s lead in stoppage time.

• MLS: Cucho Hernández tall lied his fourth goal in three games since he joined Columbus, and the Crew extended its MLS unbeaten streak to eight games with a 2-0 win over visiting Cincinnati. . . .

Valentín Castellano­s’s 69thminute goal gave New York City FC a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N. J. . . .

Juan Sánchez Purata scored the equalizer for host Atlanta United in a 1-1 draw with Orlando City. . . .

José Cifuentes scored in the first minute of the second half to give Los Angeles FC a 2-1 win in Nashville. . . .

Sebastián Ferreira and Thorleifur Ulfarsson in the second half as the Houston Dynamo rallied for a 2-1 win at the San Jose Earthquake­s, 2-1. . . .

A trio of second-half goals lifted Real Salt Lake to a 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in Sandy, Utah.

• NWSL: Lo’eau Labonta scored on a penalty in the 18th minute, and the host Kansas City Current beat the OL Reign, 1-0.

Man. United buys Martínez

Manchester United reached an agreement with Dutch club Ajax to buy defender Lisandro Martínez for nearly $58 million.

The 24-year-old center back still has to pass a medical examinatio­n and sign a contract.

• IRAN: Six days after Dragan Skocic was fired as coach of the national team, an Iranian Football Federation spokesman announced the Croatian will lead Iran into the World Cup after all. Ehsan Osuli said the IFF board of directors had a change of heart.

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