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Switzerland v Netherlands Live Commentary, 7/17/22

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G. Reuteler (53)
A. Crnogorčević (49 og)
R. Leuchter (84)
V. Pelova (89)
R. Leuchter (90+5)
Bramall Lane


Switzerland are back in action on September 1, when they play Croatia in a Women’s World Cup qualifier. The Netherlands are set for a quarter-final meeting with France in the Women’s Euros on July 23.
An exciting but ultimately goalless first half of football between Switzerland and the Netherlands at Bramall Lane exploded into life in the second period, with the Oranje emerging victorious thanks to a 4-1 win. Crnogorevic’s own goal just four minutes after the restart looked ominous for Nielsen’s side but the Swiss found the equaliser just 240 seconds later through Reuteler’s close-range finish. Unlucky not to complete the comeback and take the lead moments later when Sow’s gilt-edged double-chance was denied by the goalkeeper and the woodwork - it was to prove the last real opportunity Switzerland had to take the reins. Three goals in the last 10 minutes of the match from Leuchter (twice) and Pelova - both substitutes - put the result beyond a doubt for the Netherlands, who will have to make do with a second-place finish after Sweden’s 5-0 win over Portugal. The loss sees Switzerland eliminated from the tournament in third.
That concludes our commentary of the Women’s Euro 2022 Group C match between Switzerland and the Netherlands! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
D. Egurrola
D. van de Donk
90' + 6' Egurrola gets to stretch her legs in the last knockings of the game, with Van De Donk replaced.
V. Pelova
90' + 5' Pelova adds an unexpected assist to her earlier goal - adding flourish to her otherwise incredible 30-minute cameo.
R. Leuchter
90' + 5' LEUCHTER GETS A SECOND! 4-1! A pass over the top of the defence finds Pelova, who again powers towards goal single-mindedly in search of another strike. She gets her opportunity and tees herself up for the shot but it's skewed and put across the face of goal rather luckily for Leuchter, who taps it into the empty goal!
90' + 3' The fourth official's board called for five minutes of additional time but the VAR process consumed a large amount of that allocation as we'll continue to play on for some time.
90' + 1' The lineswoman had initially raised her flag for offside in the build-up which was originally enforced by the referee but after a conversation with her video assistants and a second look at the monitor - the Switzerland header did indeed spring Pelova towards goal in an onside position.
V. Pelova
89' THE NETHERLANDS SCORE TO MAKE IT 3-1! Spitse’s free-kick 40 yards from goal finds a flick-on at the edge of the penalty area, allowing Pelova to wheel in and tuck the loose ball past Thalmann from close range. It initially appeared as though the final touch was from a Netherlands player putting Pelova offside but after a lengthy review it was Crnogorevic’s header that prodded the ball forward!
88' Despite amassing an incredible 25 goals in just 24 games for Ajax, Leuchter’s strike on 84 minutes is her first senior international goal in five caps.
86' There’s just under five minutes left in the contest but the result still hangs in the balanced despite the Oranje’s 2-1 lead, as swings of momentum have so often shifted in the game. Having been somewhat unfortunate not to have the lead themselves after Sow’s missed opportunity, they now find themselves behind again with time a real factor.
L. Wilms
84' Wilms' good display both offensively and defensively is rewarded with an assist on Leuchter's go-ahead goal.
R. Leuchter
84' LEUCHTER MAKES THE DIFFERENCE! 2-1! Again Wilms finds herself in space on the left after a clever pass by Pelova and the full-back again delivers a fantastic cross to the edge of the six-yard box. Thalmann comes off her line to punch it away but she’s beaten to the ball by Leuchter, who sends a looping header into the empty net!
S. Mauron
L. Wälti
83' Walti comes limping to the touchline with Mauron tasked to see out the remaining seven minutes.
82' GREAT SAVE! Groenen gets forward and plays an incisive pass into the penalty area for Pelova. The substitute midfielder receives the pass in stride and takes a touch before teeing up a low shot to the far post which is saved expertly by the toe of Thalmann.
80' Bachmann’s corner-kick from the left is sent to the near post but it’s cleared away easily by a well-placed Wilms.
78' GREAT CHANCE! Xhemaili drives towards goal and hammers a shot from 25 yards out, sending Van Domselaar flying backwards to parry the ball over the crossbar!
76' A Switzerland corner disappointingly comes to nothing as the taker slips during her delivery - leading to an easy clearance for the Oranje defence.
R. Leuchter
L. Beerensteyn
74' It's two alterations in attack for Parsons as Leuchter is also sent into the fray, signalling the end of Beerensteyn's day.
E. Brugts
L. Martens
74' The Netherlands make two more changes, with the first seeing Brugts replace Martens.
73' The match restarts with Van Domselaar once again taking up her position between the posts as it appears whatever was ailing her has been relieved, at least for the time being.
R. Xhemaili
C. Sow
72' Xhemaili comes on for Sow with 18 minutes remaining.
70' The referee again blows her whistle and points to the technical area for a cooling break - which will give the Netherlands medical staff a moment to check on Van Domselaar, who appears to be dealing with a bit of a problem.
68' A Switzerland corner from the left is floated into the middle of the penalty area but Spitse rises highest to clear her penalty area and put it out for a throw.
66' Pelova plays a lovely ass down the right flank for Van De Donk but her pass across the edge of the 18-yard box for Martens is intercepted and cleared away in the nick of time.
V. Pelova
J. Roord
64' Pelova comes in for Roord as the Oranje make two alterations at one time.
K. Casparij
A. Nouwen
64' Casparij comes on for Nouwen in the first change of the match for the Netherlands.
62' The Netherlands have won three out of their last six meetings with Switzerland - with the other three results all 1-1 draws.
60' Nielsen cannot believe his luck on the touchline as Sow squanders two gilt-edged chances to give Switzerland an unlikely lead after initially going behind just 11 minutes ago.
S. Fölmli
S. Maendly
58' Three changes at once for Switzerland as Folmli is also brought on - with Maendly making way.
J. Stierli
E. Aigbogun
58' Aigbogun comes off with Stierli taking her place at full-back.
R. Kiwic
L. Bühler
57' Kiwic comes on for Buhler as Switzerland once again believe they can win the match.
55' INCREDIBLE SAVE TO KEEP THE MATCH LEVEL! Bachmann attempts a similar routine, driving into the penalty area on the left before centring a pass to a team-mate in space. This time it’s Sow who has the time to take a touch on the penalty area before firing a close-range shot that appears to be parried by the face of Van Domselaar. Bachmann latches onto the rebound and feeds it to Sow but the forward can only find the base of the post!
G. Reuteler
53' SWITZERLAND EQUALISE! 1-1! Aigbogun drives forward down the left and finds Reuteler with a pass into midfield. The Eintracht Frankfurt winger then pokes the ball forward to Bachmann, who is allowed to drive into space inside the penalty area. The striker then returns the ball to Reuteler, whose instinctive toe-poke finish levels the match!
51' The Netherlands goal has now put them firmly ahead in the match and on-track to qualify from the group. Switzerland will need to conjure up two goals if they wish to proceed - a target they’ve only hit once in their last five games.
A. Crnogorčević
Own Goal
49' THE NETHERLANDS TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! It’s a moment Crnogorcevic will want to forget! Spitse’s corner to the far edge of the six-yard box is met by Van Der Gragt, who heads it towards goal with venom. Crogorvevic is stationed on the line and attempts to head it away, but she can only direct it into the net as it will go down as an own goal for the Switzerland winger!
48' Sweden seem to have put the result beyond doubt as Carole Costa's own goal deep in injury time sees Portugal go down 3-0 at the half in the other match in group C. It's now a straight battle between the Netherlands and Switzerland to qualify.
46' Switzerland get the match restarted from the kick-off!
With just 45 minutes left in the match - and possibly their tournament - Switzerland will have to continue to open up as they press forward in search of the all-important opener. Bachmann has at times seemed an isolated figure without a team-mate to play off, which could lead to the introduction of Folmli or Humm - both looking for their first goal in the competition. The Netherlands cannot be too lax for their part either, as Sweden’s current result means Parsons’ side sit in second place. A win, however, could return the Oranje to the top of the table.
An entertaining first half at Bramall Lane comes to a close with the two sides level at 0-0 but the deadlock certainly does not represent the match as a whole. With only a win good enough to put Switzerland in a position to advance - Nielsen’s side came out of the blocks very quickly - looking to do damage down the wings. Maendly’s shot from 25 yards out after just 15 minutes really could have opened the scoring - if not for a brilliant display of goalkeeping from Van Domselaar. The Netherlands came into their own as the half progressed and eventually fashioned a number of chances of their own - including Beerensteyn’s breakaway opportunity that first resulted in a penalty, before the decision was overturned upon review.
45' + 1' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.
44' Filippa Angeldal has found the net once again for Sweden, adding a second 24 minutes after her first against Portugal. The result means Switzerland still have a chance to qualify with a win, while the draw in this match drops the Oranje to second.
42' Janssen slips a clever pass into the penalty area for Groenen, who spins around to shield the ball before swivelling and firing a cross to the far post; put just out of Van De Donk’s reach.
40' The Netherlands are looking to slow the play down and keep possession in the defence as it moves up the pitch. Parsons’ side have used the left much more than the right to fashion their opportunities - which has somewhat isolated Van De Donk.
38' With just over five minutes to go in the half, both coaches should be relatively pleased with what they’ve seen in the opening period. Both Switzerland and the Netherlands have created ample opportunities to take the lead - with only a lack of clinical finishing impeding the two sides.
36' BACHMANN LOSES HER FOOTING! The Switzerland captain drives into the penalty area marked only by Van Der Gragt, who shows great speed and awareness to get herself into a position to slow down the attack. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Bachmann is unable to get the ball out from under her feet - squandering the opportunity!
34' Spitse’s low, driven effort from the free-kick fails to trouble the defence as it’s whacked away by a defender almost immediately.
33' Walti’s clumsy tackle 25 yards from her own goal brings Spitse down and gives the Netherlands a chance to open the scoring from a free-kick in a dangerous position.
31' Bachmann looks to spring a counter-attack after Wilms’ misplaced pass intended for Van De Donk but Spitse charges back and puts in a captain’s tackle - putting it out for a throw-in and buying her side a moment to reorganise.
29' The referee blows her whistle and points to the technical areas as Switzerland and the Netherlands are given a cooling break with just over 15 minutes left in the first half. It’ll give both coaches a chance to pass on some instructions with the tone of the game set.
28' CHANCE! Spitse takes a free-kick from the right touchline, driving it low towards the edge of the penalty area for a team-mate. Finding ample space, Groenen runs towards the ball and connects with a sweet first-time effort that forces an alert Thalmann into a important two-handed catch.
26' Sweden’s Filippa Angeldal has found the back of the net in their match against Portugal happening concurrently - which is good news for Switzerland. Still unable to advance without a win of their own, they are at least receiving encouraging signs from elsewhere.
24' NO PENALTY! After initially pointing to the spot, the referee decides to change her mind and instructs play to be restarted from a goal-kick. Upon review - it does appear as though Thalmann manages to get one hand to the ball before making contact with Beerensteyn!
22' VAR REVIEW FOR A PENALTY! Beerensteyn beats Moritz for pace and bursts into the penalty area - forcing the goalkeeper to come off her line to cut down the angle. The Netherlands forward goes over after contact and the referee points to the spot! But will the match official’s opinion be changed by a replay?!
20' Beerensteyn receives the ball with her back to goal 20 yards from Thalmann’s target and turns Calligaris before pulling off a croqueta to leave Sow trailing behind her. With only the goalkeeper to beat the striker drags her right-footed shot disappointingly wide of the target.
18' Janssen executes a couple of step-overs to win space ahead of Maritz but her delivery goes unmet at the far post - much to Thalmann’s relief.
16' The majority of both possession and goal-scoring chances have gone the way of Switzerland after a quarter-hour played but they’ve yet to get something for their positive play - thanks to the smart goalkeeping of Van Domselaar.
14' SUBLIME STRIKE - BETTER SAVE! Maendly drives forward on a slaloming run through midfield, twisting this way then that to get by both Wilms and Van Der Gragt. With time and space, the Servette player tees up a curling left-footed effort from 25 yards out that forces an incredible diving parry from the goalkeeper, who tips it over the bar!
12' Beerensteyn’s intense pressing on the edge of Switzerland’s penalty area forces a turnover but Roord’s volley is directed into the face of Buhler - who is given a moment to regain her senses after her fearless block.
10' The first corner of the match goes to Switzerland but Maendly’s clever pass into the penalty area from the set-piece fails to produce a shot as Bachmann is unable to get the ball out from under her feet.
8' Despite playing as the recognised striker, Bachmann is dropping ever-deeper into midfield to try and pick up possession and orchestrate the attack, allowing the imposing Sow to fill the void and provide a presence inside the penalty area.
6' A sublime roulette from Roord keeps possession for the Netherlands inside the packed centre-circle but a misplaced pass forward sees Switzerland once again gain possession in their back line.
5' Switzerland are certainly taking the initiative in the early stages of the match, pressing and harrying in midfield to try and win the ball back high before spraying it out to the lively Crnogorcevic on the right.
3' Still without star striker Vivianne Miedema due to the Coronavirus, the Netherlands will be boosted nonetheless with the return of midfielder Groenen, who featured in the first match of the group stage before being held out against Portugal due to self-isolation.
1' The Netherlands get the match underway from the kick-off!
The Netherlands make two changes from their 3-2 win over Portugal, with Nouwen replacing Olislagers in the back line, while Groenen is in for Egurrola in midfield.
Switzerland name an unchanged XI from the team that lost narrowly to Sweden. Thalmann starts behind a back four of Aigbogun, Buhler, Calligaris and Maritz. Walti and Maendly are tasked with sitting in front of the defence while Crnogorcevic, Sow and Reuteler are tasked with supplying striker Bachmann.
NETHERLANDS SUBS: Marisa Olislagers, Damaris Egurrola, Barbara Lorsheyd, Merel van Dongen, Emma Kullberg, Renate Jansen, Caitlin Dijkstra, Romee Leuchter, Kerstin Casparij, Esmee Brugts.
NETHERLANDS XI (4-3-3): Daphne van Domselaar; Dominique Janssen, Aniek Nouwen, Stefanie van der Gragt, Lynn Wilms; Sherida Spitse, Jill Roord, Jackie Groenen; Lieke Martens, Lineth Beerensteyn, Danielle van de Donk.
SWITZERLAND SUBS: Livia Peng, Saraina Friedli, Julia Stierli, Lara Marti, Rachel Rinast, Riola Xhemaili, Rahel Kiwic, Sandrine Mauron, Svenja Folmli, Fabienne Humm, Nadine Riesen, Mariame Terchoun.
SWITZERLAND XI (4-2-3-1): Gaelle Thalmann; Noelle Maritz, Viola Calligaris, Luana Buhler, Eseosa Aigbogun; Lia Walti, Sandy Maendly; Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic, Coumba Sow, Geraldine Reuteler; Ramona Bachmann.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
The Netherlands are firmly in control of their own destiny with one match left to go in the group stage, with a win guaranteed to take the reigning European champions through to the knock-outs with a first-placed finish. Mark Parsons’ team opened their tournament with a 1-1 draw against Sweden, before beating Portugal 3-2 thanks to a Danielle van de Donk winner which extended the Oranje’s undefeated streak in the Euros to a whopping 18 games.
Despite an opening-day draw with Portugal and a narrow 2-1 defeat to Sweden, Switzerland are not yet out of the running for qualification to the knock-out stage. Three points behind joint-leaders Sweden and the Netherlands, Niels Nielsen’s team will have to beat their opponents today and hope Portugal don’t win their match - which would combine to move the Swiss up above the Oranje by virtue of head-to-head record.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Women’s Euro 2022 Group C match between Switzerland and the Netherlands!