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Netherlands v Sweden Live Commentary, 7/9/22

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1 - 1
NED
SWE
J. Roord (52)
J. Andersson (35)
Bramall Lane

Commentary

That's all from Bramall Lane today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
While neither side put together a full 90-minute performance, there remains every chance they could meet again in the latter stages of this Euros, given their respective qualities. The Netherlands face Portugal next, while Sweden take on Switzerland.
As a result of their dramatic improvement after a limp first-half display, the Netherlands start their defence of the trophy with a merited draw against a slick Sweden side. The Oranje were indebted to Miedema's prompting across the front line after the break, while their enforced subs in defence and in goal coped well with the Swedish threat - Rolfo and Asllani both posing problems from out wide. In all, a draw is the fairest outcome from the teams' opening Group C game.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: NETHERLANDS 1-1 SWEDEN
90' + 5' Continuing an impeccable performance since her arrival from the bench, Van Domselaar claims another cross from Sweden's corner, and that is surely the final chance of a winning goal gone.
90' + 3' The lively Rolfo has an ambitious strike deflected behind for a corner, but Sweden are then penalised for a foul on Van Domselaar on the goal line.
90' + 1' There are four stoppage-time minutes indicated by the officials, as Sweden push on in search of a late winner.
89' With time ticking down towards an opening draw, neither side can make the most of their opportunity from a corner. Perhaps a point apiece would suit both teams at this stage.
87' SHARP SAVE! The substitute keeper keeps her nation level, as Van Domselaar flings herself down to the right, making a save at full stretch, following Rolfo's shot. The Sweden forward drove inside from the flank and let fly from 20 yards!
85' Caught in two minds, Asllani hits a half-lobbed attempt straight at Van Domselaar from the edge of the area, having worked some space out on the right.
83' Under pressure in midfield, Asllani is penalised for a foul on Groenen. The Netherlands then load the ball into the area from Spitse's free-kick, but Sweden get it clear.
81' Rytting Kaneryd does well to carve out a chance to cross from inside the Dutch area, but her ball into the six-yard box is intercepted by Van Domselaar, who has been impressive since coming on for the injured Van Veenendaal.
L. Beerensteyn
J. Roord
Netherlands
79' Parsons decides on a switch up front, as Roord makes way for Beerensteyn.
V. Pelova
D. van de Donk
Netherlands
79' Still short of match fitness, Van de Donk is taken off, to be replaced by Pelova.
77' Parsons seems to be readying some substitutes in response to Sweden's changes, as the Netherlands seek to capitalise on their improved performance since half-time. Having fought back from behind, can they go on and win it?
75' Eriksson intervenes with a crucial sliding challenge on Roord, who is poised to shoot from inside the area, after more excellent build-up play from Miedema out on the left.
73' Sweden’s last six goals at Euros finals, ahead of this game, had been scored by either Lotta Schelin or second-half substitute Blackstenius. Schelin has now retired but Blackstenius was involved in six goals during qualifying for the tournament (2 goals, 4 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 40 minutes.
J. Rytting Kaneryd
J. Andersson
Sweden
71' Having scored Sweden's goal, Andersson's game is over prematurely; Rytting Kaneryd comes on.
H. Bennison
F. Angeldahl
Sweden
71' Sweden's final substitution of a triple change sees Angeldahl replaced by Bennison.
S. Blackstenius
L. Hurtig
Sweden
70' Sweden make a change up front, as Hurtig makes way for Arsenal forward Blackstenius.
70' As Van de Donk sits down on the turf to receive treatment, both sets of players take the opportunity to take on drinks, and the game comes to a temporary halt.
68' Glas almost latches onto a dangerous dipping cross from the right wing by Rolfo, who is posing a serious threat to the Dutch defence in the second half. However, the ball just brushes past the post on its way out of play on the right.
66' Neat footwork and persistence from Rolfo earns Sweden a corner on the left. The subsequent cross is too close to Van Domselaar, though, and the substitute goalkeeper punches the ball away under pressure.
64' Lindahl covers across well to dive at the feet of Martens and intercept the ball, following a low throughball into the box. That was proactive goalkeeping, to ease the growing pressure on her defensive colleagues.
62' JUST WIDE! Drifting in from the left, Miedema fires a powerful shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post from the edge of the box, and her influence has grown substantially during this second half.
60' The Netherlands have been transformed since the interval, and they continue to look dangerous when picking up possession inside the Swedish half.
58' Spitse sees a shot deflected, and then Wilms has an effort from the right-hand side of the area saved by Lindahl without too much concern.
56' Rolfo raids inside, causing the Dutch back four to drop back towards their own six-yard box. Given such encouragement, the Barcelona star strikes at goal, but it is a scuffed attempt which rolls straight towards the untroubled Van Domselaar.
54' The Netherlands have now scored in each of their last seven European Championship games, having also been joint-top scorers in qualifying for this tournament.
J. Roord
Goal
Netherlands
52' NETHERLANDS PULL LEVEL! The Oranje are back on equal terms, as Roord strikes from just inside the area, following a fortunate deflection into her path. Miedema made the running in the build-up, and when the ball broke to her fellow forward, she made no mistake in firing past Lindahl! It's 1-1!
49' Sweden have absorbed early pressure in this second half, and a promising counter-attack is only ended when Glas misjudges her cross from the right, which is cleared away.
48' A lively start sees the Netherlands earn successive corners, but Spitse's inswinging cross from the second drifts too close to Lindahl, who gathers the ball comfortably at her near post.
46' Hoping to make more of an impact on the second half than the first, Miedema gets the game back under way!
Sweden's apparently risky decision to go three versus three at the back has allowed Andersson to enjoy relative freedom on the left flank, and her goal was only the third of her international career, from 71 games. Not only will the Netherlands need to negate that threat in the second half, but they also must push on in search of an equaliser.
After the hype preceding this Group C clash, almost inevitably, the game itself has underwhelmed so far. A disjointed first half saw the Netherlands disrupted by injuries to key players, while Sweden took some time to get going too, before taking control of proceedings just before they took the lead. The defending champions have looked sluggish, and too many of their star names have been anonymous in the opening 45 minutes - they must surely improve after the break.
45' + 8' HALF-TIME: NETHERLANDS 0-1 SWEDEN
45' + 6' A slick passing move ends with Van de Donk laying the ball neatly off to Spitse, who gets under her driven effort from 20 yards out, and the ball flies over the crossbar.
45' + 4' CLOSE! Hurtig sneaks in at the back post, with a chance to turn home Andersson's dipping cross from the left, but heads just over under pressure from Van Domselaar.
45' + 1' Due to the numerous delays for Dutch injuries, the game enters its first minute of seven indicated for first-half stoppage time.
44' After losing to Canada in the final of the Olympics last year, Sweden will be hoping to go one step further at these Euros - they have not lifted the trophy since the inaugural tournament, back in 1984.
42' OVER! A golden chance is missed by Van de Donk, who somehow lifts the ball over the crossbar from close range, following a cutback by Roord from the right. She has been out of action due to injury, so perhaps a little rustiness is the cause.
M. Olislagers
A. Nouwen
Netherlands
41' Another injury-enforced change takes place for the Netherlands, as Nouwen makes way for Olislagers in defence.
39' Sweden spurn an opportunity to extend their lead, as Hurtig misses the target with a shot from inside the area.
37' The Netherlands attempt to strike back straight away, but Martens' effort on goal is not too difficult for Lindahl to save.
K. Asllani
Assist
Sweden
35' Asllani makes an early impact on another major tournament for Sweden, dancing clear of two defenders and cutting the ball back into the six-yard box to create the opening goal.
J. Andersson
Goal
Sweden
35' SWEDEN LEAD! Ending a period of Swedish pressure, Andersson bursts into the box from her spot on the left flank, and turns home an Asllani cross from the right side of the box to open the scoring. The build-up featured some typically twinkle-toed work from Asllani, who nutmegged her opponent, and that moment of magic sees Sweden lead 1-0!
32' Seger almost latches on to a heavily deflected free-kick across the Dutch box, at the back post, but the Netherlands are ultimately able to get the ball away to relative safety.
30' Bjorn continues to back off on the edge of the area, and Roord is left free to scuff a low shot straight at Lindahl from 20 yards. At least the Netherlands have now recorded a shot on target.
28' Now Mertens attempts an effort from distance, but her shot is off target too. The game is opening up a little, though, with more signs of atatcking ambition.
27' ALMOST! An ambitious long-range effort from Rolfo drops dangerously close to the Dutch crossbar - almost catching out substitute keeper Van Domselaar - but it flies just over the top.
26' CLOSE! Rolfo cuts back a ball from the edge of the area towards Asllani, who evades Groenen in the box, and the Milan forward thumps a shot into the side-netting from less than 10 yards out.
24' Surprisingly, we're yet to have a shot on goal, as the Netherlands were joint-top scorers in qualifying, netting 48 times in their 10 matches; Sweden scored 40 goals during the process.
D. van Domselaar
S. van Veenendaal
Netherlands
22' The Netherlands lose the vast experience of Van Veenendaal, who is replaced by Twente goalkeeper Van Domselaar due to injury.
20' It seems that Van Veenendaal's race is run, as she drops back to the turf after taking a goal-kick. A muscular injury appears to be the problem, and shortly after the goalkeeper's collision with her own player, she looks set to be withdrawn.
18' Sweden's improvement over the last 10 minutes is demonstrated by their 60 per cent share of possession so far - they are moving the ball better than their opponents at the moment.
16' Spitse intervenes on the edge of the area, as a throughball almost finds Rolfo in a dangerous spot for Sweden. The Olympic silver medallists are growing into this match, but are yet to directly threaten the Dutch goal.
14' The game gets back under way, with a shaken Van Veenendaal back in goal. Van der Gragt then gets the go-ahead to return from the sidelines.
13' Still, the Netherlands await news as to whether their two injured players can continue, but Van der Gragt looks in some trouble here, as she trudges towards the touchline.
11' Both Van der Gragt and Van Veenendaal remain down on the turf, following their collision in the area, and the pair continue to recieve treatment. Everyone else takes on drinks on a warm evening in Sheffield.
9' Asllani loads a free-kick into the area from out on the left, but despite a brief moment of chaos, Van Veenendaal and her defenders manage to get the ball clear. Two Dutch players are down injured, though.
7' An inswinging Andersson corner, dropping into the six-yard box, is punched partly clear by Van Veenendaal, then cleared away by one of several orange shirts massed inside the area.
5' Before today's match, the Netherlands went unbeaten in their previous four meetings with Sweden, who have recently overtaken them in the world rankings.
3' Clad in their familiar orange, the Netherlands have started brightly, and Asllani is forced into a foul on Groenen in midfield; dragging her back by the shirt.
1' We are under way at Bramall Lane!
Both national anthems have been observed in sunny Sheffield, and kick-off is now just moments away!
Sweden have opted to start with Blackstenius on the bench, as she recovers from a thigh problem, so Hurtig replaces the Arsenal striker up front. Gerhardsson has chosen to set up with three at the back, so Asllani moves forward into an attacking triumvirate.
In addition to key players Martens and Van de Donk recently returning from injury, Netherlands left-back Janssen is fit enough to take her place in the team for today's opening game. Up front, in a traditional Dutch attacking trio, centre-forward Miedema is flanked by Martens and Roord.
SUBS: Jennifer Falk, Zecira Musovic, Linda Sembrant, Amanda Nilden, Emma Kullberg, Sofia Jakobsson, Stina Blackstenius, Rebecka Blomqvist, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Hanna Bennison, Olivia Schough, Elin Rubensson.
SWEDEN (3-4-3): Hedvig Lindahl; Magdalena Eriksson, Nathalie Bjorn, Amanda Ilestedt; Hanna Glas, Caroline Seger, Filippa Angeldahl, Jonna Andersson; Kosovare Asllani, Lina Hurtig, Fridolina Rolfo.
SUBS: Daphne van Domselaar, Barbara Lorsheyd, Merel van Dongen, Lineth Beerensteyn, Emma Kullberg, Renate Jansen, Caitlin Dijkstra, Romee Leuchter, Kerstin Casparij, Marisa Olislagers, Damaris Egurrola, Esmee Brugts.
NETHERLANDS (4-3-3): Sari van Veenendaal; Lynn Wilms, Aniek Nouwen, Stefanie van der Gragt, Dominique Janssen; Sherida Spitse, Danielle van de Donk, Jackie Groenen; Lieke Martens, Vivianne Miedema, Jill Roord.
Sweden are unbeaten so far this year, and have taken great strides since losing to the Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals back in 2019. Peter Gerhardsson's side went on to claim the silver medal at the 2020 Olympics and were winners of the Algarve Cup earlier this year. Now aiming to progress from a group that also features Switzerland and Portugal, who drew their opening game earlier today, Sweden are Europe's top-ranked nation.
The Netherlands kick off their European Championship defence today, having claimed the continental crown on home soil five years ago. Since then, the Oranje reached the 2019 World Cup final, where they were ultimately beaten by the United States, and head coach Mark Parsons has made a largely successful start after taking over from Sarina Wiegman last year. Though the Dutch have enjoyed a run of four wins from their last five matches, they were beaten 5-1 by Wiegman's England last month.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Netherlands v Sweden in Group C of the 2022 European Championship, at Bramall Lane!