Women’s World Cup: Van de Donk becomes the player of the match as Netherlands beat Italy

Women's World Cup: Netherlands beat Italy 2-0 to reach first semi-final

The Netherlands are into the last four of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Italy in the quarter-finals.

Judging by the average ratings you gave the players of the two teams, you clearly felt it was a deserved win for the European champions, with the lowest-rated Dutch player receiving a better score than the highest ranked Italian.

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Netherlands’ forward Vivianne Miedema (L) vies with Italy’s midfielder Valentina Cernoia.

Your stand-out performer was midfielder Danielle van de Donk, who received an average rating of 8.04.

Despite any reservations about their approach play, the Netherlands increased the pressure after the break. Some neat passing and clever runs from out to in began to separate Italy’s rigid midfield.


Arsenal playmaker Danielle van de Donk took advantage of the extra room to curl a fine effort off the bar:

It was a deserved lead for the Dutch, who had been the team most willing to get on the front foot and commit numbers to attacking areas.

More proactive football led to a corner Sherida Spitse swung on to the head of Van derGragt with 10 minutes remaining.


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