France are in the semi-finals of Euro 2022 after beating reigning champions Netherlands in extra time

France meet Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2022 after Eve Perisset’s extra-time penalty secured a 1-0 win over holders Netherlands.

Defender Perisset, who joined Chelsea from Bordeaux last month, converted a free-kick denied by VAR in the 102nd minute in Rotherham when Corinne Diacre’s side finally managed to get past Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar.

Les Bleues created numerous chances during regulation time but were frustrated by some nice saves from Van Domselaar, great saves from defender Stefanie van der Gragt and near misses including Delphine Cascarino, who hit the post.

Perisset’s strike from 12 yards sent her into a meeting with eight-time winners Germany in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, their first ever Euro semi-final after being eliminated in the quarters at each of the last three editions, as well as the last two World Cups and the Olympics 2016

The Netherlands – winners in 2017 on home soil and runners-up in 2019 under current England boss Sarina Wiegman, now with England’s Mark Parsons at the helm – saw their title defenses come to an end.

They struggled to make a big impact in attack, although record goalscorer Vivianne Miedema was back in action after two games after testing positive for the coronavirus.

As France took the initiative early on, captain Wendie Renard headed wide, Kadidiatou Diani charged into the box and saved a shot from Van Domselaar, who then dove well and parried a failed clearance from team-mate Dominique Janssen.

Other French efforts included goals from Charlotte Bilbault and Cascarino, thwarted by Van Domselaar, Sandie Toletti firing into the stands from a good position and Melvine Malard firing wide.

They came closest to their pressure in the 27th minute when Cascarino’s shot came back at the inside post and Van Domselaar was battered before being thwarted by two notable goal-line blocks from Van der Gragt, minutes apart, with Malard and Grace Geyoro contesting the players.

After the Netherlands showed little attacking threat in the first half, the Netherlands found more joy early in the second when Miedema came on from the end of a corner but was unable to direct her efforts on goal and Van der Gragt headed in another, which was compiled by Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

Van der Gragt was then on hand at the other end to clear a Renard header and moments later the French skipper saw another attempted header prevented by a fine save from Van Domselaar.


In the closing stages of regular time, France were pushing for the winner, but Geyoro headed wide of the far post and Van Domselaar showed further heroism to save a Cascarino shot and another Renard header.

Substitute France Selma Bacha fired wide early in extra time before Diani went down under a challenge from Janssen in the box.

The incident was subject to a VAR check. Croatian referee Ivana Martincic watched him on the pitchside monitor before pointing to the spot and – after the Dutch expressed their dissatisfaction – Perisset stepped forward to eventually slam the ball past Van Domselaar and France took the lead .

Another substitute, Ouleymata Sarr, put two shots wide in quick succession as Diacre’s side threatened to add another in the second half of extra time. France are in the semi-finals of Euro 2022 after beating reigning champions Netherlands in extra time

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