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Dutch delight! Holland claim Euro 2017 glory with thrilling final win over Denmark

Date Posted,August 5, 2017

Holland became only the fourth nation to win the women’s European Championship, as they blasted their way to victory, with a 4-2 win over Denmark.

Since its inception in 1984, only Sweden, Norway and Germany – the eight time winners – had tasted glory.

But with Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema bagging a brace, the Dutch – who saw off England with a stylish 3-0 success in the semi-finals – added their name to that list in Twente, to the delight of the home support.

Things hadn’t started well for the hosts, with the underdog Danes taking a lead after just five minutes, as Nadia Nadim scored from the penalty spot, slotting her penalty high into the roof of the net.

Within five minutes however, Miedema equalised, firing home from close range.

Nadia Nadim celebrates the opener (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Miedema quickly responded (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

From there, Holland took control, and in the 28th minute Lieke Martens, the left winger recently handed a £180,000-a-year deal by Barcelona, fired them ahead.

The player of the tournament turned and beat an opponent in one swift movement before striking left-footed, her low effort whistling into the net.

Denmark rolled their sleeves up however and after Nadim had missed a glorious opportunity to level, Pernille Harder made no mistake, breaching the hosts’ offside trap and firing home.

Lieke Martens made another telling contribution (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Pernille Harder celebrates her equaliser (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
Vivianne Miedema has the final say (Image: Getty Images Europe)

But in front of 28,000, including Marco van Basten and Louis van Gaal, the Dutch weren’t to be denied in Enschede.

The reclaimed the lead early in the second period, Sherida Spitse’s freekick leaving Danish keeper Petersen rooted to the spot.

She then denied Miedema from six yards, before Katrine Veje hit the post.

But Miedema guaranteed Holland the trophy, shooting low into the bottom corner of the net, to ensure Dutch success.

Nadia Nadim looks dejected after Netherlands’ Vivianne Miedema scores (Image: REUTERS)
The Dutch lift the trophy (Image: Getty Images Europe)
The Dutch get their hands on the trophy (Image: REUTERS)
Lieke Martens celebrates with her player of the tournament trophy (Image: Getty Images Europe)
(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

“At times we were like Bambi on ice,” said Nils Nielsen, the Denmark boss. “But I’m very proud, sometimes the other team is just slightly better. I enjoyed it.”

“It was a great match between two teams that really wanted to play and really wanted to attack,” said Sarina Wiegman, the Holland coach.

“Now we’re going to party really hard.”

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