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European Football Championship: France beats the Netherlands and reaches the semi-finals

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To: 07/23/2022 11:53 p.m.

The French footballers are in the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in ten years – and now meet Germany. The defending champion was eliminated but fought well with the French until extra time.

They suffered, struggled and trembled for a long time again this time – but now France have put their quarter-final curse behind them. The ‘Equipe Tricolore’ beat the Netherlands 1-0 on Saturday (23/07/2022) at the New York Stadium in Rotherham – but needed a penalty whistle in extra time, which did not intervened only after the intervention of the video referee. Girondins Bordeaux right-back Eve Perisset converted the penalty awarded by Dominique Janssen to Kadidiatou Diani in the 102nd minute.

EM and World Cup: four German victories against France

For the first time since the 2012 Olympics, the “Great Nation” is in the semi-finals of a major football tournament. There he meets the team of coach Corinne Deacon next Wednesday (27/07/2022) in Milton Keynes on German footballers. They have met the French four times at the European Championships and the World Cup – and have always won. France is playing for the first time to participate in a European Championship final.

The Netherlands, defending champions, must pack their bags soon after their deserved defeat. Plagued by injuries and corona cases, the runner-up world champion under England coach Mark Parsons was unable to repeat his performance at the 2017 home European Championship.

Miedema in the starting XI after Corona’s forced break

The evening in Rotherham had started with good news for the “Oranje” fans. Vivianne Miedema’s name appeared in the starting XI. The Arsenal striker has had a good week in self-isolation following her corona infection, including her 26th birthday – and has missed two group games in the meantime. Nevertheless, the captain led her team into the field.

Miedema has now scored 94 goals in 113 international appearances – but against France the qualities of the top scorer, who is strong in the air, were almost exclusively sought out defensively. France played their game on fast wingers Delphine Cascarino and Diani and were vastly superior. After the first half, “Les Bleues” scored 12:1 on penalties – but it was an unsuccessful art.

Cascarino’s volley hits the post

Young Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar was not thwarted either by the ricochet from Wolfsburg defender Janssen (17th) or by the long shot from Cascarino (21st). Everything else before the break almost happened by itself: Sandie Toletti chased the ball twelve meters towards the spectators (23′), Cascarino’s volley hit the post (27′) and central defender Stefanie van de Gragt saved Attempt from Melvine Malard from six meters for her beaten goalkeeper on the line (37th).

No objectives – mysterious gameplay

That the game was still 0-0 at the break caused bewilderment, occasional nodding and only relief for the Dutch and those around them. The “Oranjeleeuwinnen”, handicapped after the loss of their number one, Sari van Veenendaal, and striker Lieke Martens did not have the quality on the pitch to be able to stand up to the set of stars around captain Wendie Renard, which were combined with a dreamlike security.

Although the Dutch were released from France after the break after Jill Roord replaced Wolfsburg. On the other hand, goalkeeper van Domselaar had to push hard against substitutes Selma Bacha (65th) and Renard (66th) to prevent a goal. The Dutch were now celebrating every defensive tackle – but how long could they go on?

Keeper van Domselaar – an EM discovery

Desire. And the more time passed, the more the French apparently lost confidence in their ability to break the spell of the quarter-finals. From the 70th minute, their offensive game stopped. A big chance three minutes before the end of normal playing time should have decided, but the disbelief spread again: Grace Geyoro, France’s top scorer to date with three goals, failed to place her header after a cross from Cascarino on the back post Goal under (87th).

Finally, in added time, the Twente van Domselaar goalkeeper reacted brilliantly twice against Cascarino (90’+3) and Renard (90’+4) and sent her team into extra time. She even had her fingertips on Perisset’s penalty. Thrown into the deep end in the first game of the European Championship after van Veenendaal’s injury, the 22-year-old is already one of the best discoveries of the tournament, despite the early elimination of the defending champions.

Source: sportschau.de

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