Reigning champions Netherlands had to settle for a point as they started Group C of Euro 2022 with a hard-fought draw against Sweden.
The spoils in the group’s other game were also shared as Portugal came from behind to deny Switzerland victory.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the events of Saturday’s tournament.
The Netherlands had to do it the hard way as they started their campaign with a comeback draw against Sweden at Bramall Lane.
After falling behind to Jonna Andersson’s first-half goal and losing goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal and defender Aniek Nouwen to injuries, they trudged back into the game through Jill Roord who, over time, might have clinched victory.
Striker Vivianne Miedema said: “What a game. At half-time we knew we could do better and I’m so proud of the team for how we turned things around for the second half.”
Silva lining for Portugal
Portugal, who only reached the finals by eliminating Russia, found themselves in deep trouble within five minutes against Switzerland at Leigh Sports Village.
Early goals from Coumba Sow and Rahel Kiwic gave Francisco Neto’s side the lead, but Diana Gomes and Jessica Silva scored within eight minutes of the second half to set the stage.
Both sides might have won it with the deaths of Geraldine Reuteler for Switzerland and substitute Telma Encarnacao for Portugal, but in the end they had to settle for a point each.
Skipper Lia Walti will have fond memories of Switzerland’s opening game despite the futile lead.
The Arsenal midfielder, whom Switzerland coach Nils Nielsen describes as the “brain, heart and soul” of his team, earned her 100th cap against Portugal.
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This is Portugal: a Portugal with soul, the fighting spirit.Portugal striker Jessica Silva
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