France not done after ending Dutch Women’s Euro defense


Spot on: Eve Perisset’s penalty propelled France to the semi-finals of Euro 2022 © AFP / FRANCK FIFE

Rotherham (United Kingdom) (AFP), July 23 – France coach Corinne Deacon says Les Bleues are not content with breaking new ground as they reach the semi-finals for the first time of a Women’s Euro after beating defending champions Netherlands 1- 0 after extra time on Saturday.

Eve Perisset’s 102nd-minute penalty finally broke Dutch resistance in Rotherham to set up a semi-final clash with Germany on Wednesday.

But the scoreline did not do justice to the class chasm between the sides as France were left frustrated for 90 minutes by the brilliance of young goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar.

“We reached a new level for us tonight but it’s not the end,” said Deacon, who had been heavily criticized for her role in knocking France out of the Cup quarter-finals at home. of the world three years ago. “We are looking to reach the final.”

The defeat capped a difficult tournament for the Dutch, weakened by injuries to key players and cases of coronavirus.

Vivianne Miedema was fit to return after missing group stage wins over Portugal and Switzerland due to Covid.

However, the Arsenal striker appeared to be well below match fitness as one of the best players in the world struggled to make a meaningful impact on the game.

France scored five goals in the first half of their opener against Italy and could easily have repeated that feat in the opening 45 minutes.

The Netherlands lost veteran goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for the rest of the tournament to a shoulder injury in their opener against Sweden, but Van Domselaar shone in his absence.

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The 22-year-old had only made one international appearance ahead of Euro 2022 but now looks certain to retain her Dutch number one spot in the future.

“I just told her she has the best goalkeeping performance at a Euro since Nadine Angerer in 2013 and won a Ballon d’Or that year,” Dutch coach Mark Parsons said. about Van Domselaar. “Tonight she was world class.”

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France were also guilty of waste in front of goal by missing the predatory presence in front of the injured Marie-Antoinette Katoto.

Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar (top) kept France waiting for a winner © AFP / FRANCK FIFE

This extravagance could still prove costly as Deacon’s side were forced to play an extra 30 minutes in addition to having two fewer rest days than Germany for the semi-final.

“We would have liked to score earlier but we found ourselves against an incredible Dutch goalkeeper,” added Deacon.

“When you win, you always recover faster. That’s the program, we’ve known it from the start.

Kadidiatou Diani and Delphine Cascarino tested Van Domselaar first before Cascarino shot against the post from outside the box.

Stefanie Van der Gragt then came on twice to the rescue of the Netherlands with goal-line clearances to prevent Melvine Malard and Grace Geyoro as France bombarded the Dutch goal unrewarded.

Miedema had to wait 55 minutes before aiming for the goal and the Netherlands’ all-time leading scorer might have expected to do better when she volleyed in unmarked. corner.

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Soon it was Van Domselaar who was back in the line of sight, as Wendy Renard looked away in disbelief when her looping header was pushed away by the FC Twente keeper in the final act of the 90 minutes.

France, however, refused to be denied a place in the last four of a European Women’s Championship for the first time.

Diani’s pace took her away from Dominique Janssen, who dove with a desperate lunge to stop the Paris Saint-Germain striker.

Croatian referee Ivana Martincic initially thought Janssen had touched the ball, but corrected her decision after showing a replay.

Van Domselaar came close to denying France again as they fingertiped Perisset’s penalty but were eventually beaten.

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