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Netherlands wins women's European soccer championship

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Vivianne Miedema, number 9, of the Netherlands celebrates with teammate Lieke Martens after she scores her side's fourth goal during the Women's Euro ...
Dutch soccer fans wave a flags during the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmark in Enschede, the Netherlands, Sunday, A...
Goalie Sari van Veenendaal of the Netherlands celebrates after Vivianne Miedema of the Netherlands kicks their side's first goal during the Women's Eu...
Danish Crown Prince Frederik, center back ground, stands on the tribune during the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmar...
Denmark's Nadia Nadim kicks a penalty during the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmark in Enschede, the Netherlands, Su...
A Dutch soccer fan smiles at the stadium prior to the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmark in Enschede, the Netherland...
Two girls, supporter of Denmark's women national soccer team, smiles as they arrive in front of the stadium prior to the Women's Euro 2017 final socce...

Vivianne Miedema, number 9, of the Netherlands celebrates with teammate Lieke Martens after she scores her side's fourth goal during the Women's Euro ...

Dutch soccer fans wave a flags during the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmark in Enschede, the Netherlands, Sunday, A...

Goalie Sari van Veenendaal of the Netherlands celebrates after Vivianne Miedema of the Netherlands kicks their side's first goal during the Women's Eu...

Danish Crown Prince Frederik, center back ground, stands on the tribune during the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmar...

Denmark's Nadia Nadim kicks a penalty during the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmark in Enschede, the Netherlands, Su...

A Dutch soccer fan smiles at the stadium prior to the Women's Euro 2017 final soccer match between Netherlands and Denmark in Enschede, the Netherland...

Two girls, supporter of Denmark's women national soccer team, smiles as they arrive in front of the stadium prior to the Women's Euro 2017 final socce...

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands (AP) — Striker Vivianne Miedema scored twice Sunday as The Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 to win its first Women's European Championship title.

Nadia Nadim gave Denmark an early lead from the penalty spot before Miedema and then Lieke Martens scored to put the host nation in front. Denmark captain Pernille Harder equalized in the 33rd.

Sherida Spitse restored the Dutch lead after the break with a free kick that rolled wide of the wall and into the corner. Miedema sealed the victory in the 89th with her second goal.

The frenetic match was played in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 28,000 fans, including Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik, at FC Twente's stadium in the eastern city of Enschede.

The success of the Dutch women's team is in stark contrast to the country's men, who failed to qualify for last year's European Championship in France and is struggling to reach next year's World Cup in Russia.


Updated : 2021-01-16 23:01 GMT+08:00