Dutch women lose to France, are out of European championships
The Dutch women’s football team are out of the European Cup competition in England after losing their quarter final tie with France 0-1.
The defending champions had held the French to a 0-0 draw at the end of regular play, with new keeper Daphne van Domselaar again putting on a cast iron display. But the French converted an extra time penalty to end Dutch hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
‘I am unbelievably proud of the players and staff,’ Dutch coach Mark Parsons told the Uefa website. ‘We gave everything; there is not a player with an ounce of energy left. The first half was very difficult… Second half was much better; we really believed in extra time but we had tired bodies. I couldn’t be prouder of the effort.’
The Dutch squad had been beset by problems, including coronavirus infections and injury which put out team stalwart Lieke Martens.
‘We knew it would be a very difficult game,’ said defender Stefanie van der Gragt after the match. ‘We managed to keep it scoreless for a long time, so to lose to a penalty… It’s a bitter feeling.’
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