A stunning late strike by substitute Renate Jansen earned the Netherlands women’s team a win against England to revive their UEFA Nations League campaign.
Jansen came on in the 84th minute and five minutes later found space between three England defenders to unleash a shot into the top corner that left goalkeeper Mary Earps with no chance.
Oranje needed to win after their unexpected late defeat to Belgium in the opening group game on Friday. The result leaves Belgium, who drew at home to Scotland, on four points, with the Netherlands and England both on three after two matches.
The winners of the group will qualify for the finals tournament in February, when two places for the Olympic tournament in Paris will be up for grabs.
The Dutch started brighter and took the lead after 34 minutes when Lieke Martens curled a shot inside Earps’s left-hand post.
England improved after the break and looked to have earned a draw after Allesia Russo squeezed in a shot from near the penalty spot. But Jansen’s strike, running onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Martens, ensured the Dutch grabbed all three points in Utrecht.
England coach Sarina Wiegman, returning to the stadium where she set out with the Dutch team on the path to the European title in 2017, said she was disappointed to have given away a late win.
“The first half was for the Netherlands. We couldn’t put them under pressure and they played to their strengths. They dominated the match, but didn’t create many serious chances.
“In the second half we put them under pressure, scored a goal and had a couple of very big chances that [Daphne] van Domselaar saved well. But in the end we gave away a goal and that’s very disappointing.”
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