Orange Lionesses to World Cup after sensational denouement in Utrecht

The Orange Lionesses qualified for next year‘s World Cup on Tuesday. Esmee Brugts caused major discharge in Utrecht during injury time: 1-0.
The team of national coach Andries Jonker had to win to avoid the playoffs, but had to do without Lieke Martens, Lineth Beerensteyn and Shanice van de Sanden. That didn’
t seem to bother the Netherlands. After a cautious opening phase, the Lionesses increased the pressure considerably. Iceland did not know where to look for it at times, but escaped because, among other things, the bar was hit three times. Daniëlle van de Donk, in particular, was close to 1-0 a few times.
Jonker saw his team make no less than eighteen goal attempts before the break, but miraculously, there was no score. Also in the second half, the Orange Lionesses went in search of the liberating hit, but Iceland was now a little more insane. Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir even had the 0-1 before typing, but killed the huge opportunity.
The Netherlands was freed with the fright and started a closing offensive. Raider Damaris Egurrola was very close, but hit the pole. The opening goal therefore did not seem to fall. In the absolute final phase, however, things worked out well. A rotating cross by Esmee Brugts just fell in and detonated De Galgenwaard.
The Dutch football players are therefore sure to participate in the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. The draw for the group phase is on October 22.