The Netherlands hit the bull’s eye at Euro 2022 as Sweden beat Switzerland

Defending champions Netherlands celebrated their first win at Euro 2022 after a vibrant Group C clash with Portugal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Danielle van de Donk scored an impressive second-half goal to win 3-2 after leading Portugal twice to level.

With that win, they are favorites to be eliminated from the group alongside Sweden, who beat Switzerland 2-1.

Here, the PA news agency looks back at Wednesday’s action.

Netherlands is running

The Netherlands, winners of the 2017 edition of the tournament, endured a thrilling battle with Portugal in Leigh to move top of Group C. An emphatic night lay ahead as they led 2-0 in the first half through Damaris Egurrola went and Stefanie van der Gragt headers.

But Carole Costa’s penalty, which came after a VAR intervention, put Portugal back in the game before the break and then Diana Silva stunned the Dutch by equalizing.

However, Van de Donk had the last word and scored a goal that suited to winning an entertaining game as she rolled from the edge of the box to the top corner. A point in the last game against Switzerland guarantees progress, while Portugal need to win against Sweden.

Sweden has put itself in a strong position

Hanna Bennison’s late goal gave Sweden victory over Switzerland (Danny Lawson/PA)

(PA wire)

Sweden took their fate into their own hands in Group C with a 2-1 win over Switzerland at Bramall Lane. Eight minutes after the start of the second half, Fridolina Rolfo narrowly took the lead, but Switzerland immediately equalized through Ramona Bachmann.

However, an incredible Bennison strike in the 79th minute sealed the Swedes’ three points. That means that if Sweden, like the Netherlands, pick up a point in their last game against Portugal, they will move up into the last eight.

Stokes blow while Lionesses stay grounded

England’s season has been going brilliantly so far with an opening win over Austria followed by an 8-0 win over Norway. But there was some bad news from their camp on Wednesday when Demi Stokes was ruled out of Friday’s clash with Northern Ireland.

The Football Association announced that Stokes has a “minor knee injury” and added that the full-back “will be following an individual program in the coming days to support her preparation for next Wednesday’s quarter-finals”.

Meanwhile, Chloe Kelly says the Lionesses will not be defined by their emphatic victory over Northern Ireland. She said: “It’s about staying grounded and not getting too carried away by an 8-0 win with a result. It doesn’t define us in this tournament.”

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Netherlands’ Damaris Egurrola (left) and Portugal’s Ana Borges battle for the ball during their Group C match (Nick Potts/PA)

(PA wire)

quote of the Day

We have to be angry, take the right approach and show a willingness to react. Our tournament starts now

Italy’s coach Milena Bertolini


July 14th

Group D: Italy v Iceland (5pm, Manchester City Academy) Group D: France v Belgium (8pm, New York Stadium) The Netherlands hit the bull’s eye at Euro 2022 as Sweden beat Switzerland

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