Reigning European champion Netherlands started the European Championships with a 1-1 draw against Sweden, the hardest opponent in the group phase on paper. The first half was particularly moderate and resulted in two injuries, but Jill Roord gave the Orange a point after a much better second act.
The Netherlands had little to say on Bramall Lane in the first half and only came somewhat close to the target via Sherida Spitse. On the other hand, things went wrong. Keepster Sari van Veenendaal was able to go further after a collision with Lynn Wilms and Stefanie van der Gragt, but had to sit down after a kick out: Daphne van Domselaar came to replace her. Moments later, Aniek Nouwen also had to be changed: the central defender was injured at her ankle and Marisa Olislagers relieved her.
In the meantime, Sweden had also gained a deserved lead. Nouwen was played by the legs by Kosovare Asllani, who kept the overview and served the detached Jonna Andersson: Van der Gragt could no longer save on the goal line, 0-1.
The Swedes are getting ahead. Asllani steams up on the right and gives Andersson an unmissable opportunity: 0-1 #nedzwe #ek2022 pic.twitter.com/6oGeYuSyM1
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Orange, however, showed a completely different face in the second half, was taken by the hand by Vivianne Miedema and soon caught the equaliser. After a handsome solo by Miedema, the subsequent attack seemed to be stranded in beauty, but the ball ended up at Roord, who surprised keeper Hedvig Lindahl: 1-1.
There were no other great opportunities in the second half, which, however, offered enough entertainment. The raided Van Domselaar squeaked with confidence and processed, among other things, a long shot by Fridolina Rolfö. Roord, on the other hand, left an excellent opportunity on the winning, after a sharp attack via Jackie Groenen and Miedema. Both teams eventually had to reconcile with a 1-1 tie.
Portugal and Switzerland tied 2-2 earlier in the evening and therefore all teams in group C are on the same level. The Netherlands continues the tournament with a match against the Portuguese on Wednesday and will hit Switzerland on Sunday, July 17.