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Netherlands’ Late Show Secures A Draw Against Hosts – Match Report

Netherlands 1

Kristen van de Ven 87


Canada 1

Ashley Lawrence 10



2015  FIFA Women’s World Cup, Group A

Netherlands’ Late Show Secures A Draw Against Hosts

Canada’s unimpressive World Cup continued as they were denied three points by a resurgent Netherlands. The hosts had started strongly and with great attacking intent, so it was no surprise to see them take the lead in the 10th minute through Ashley Lawrence’s first goal for her country.
But they could never find the second and decisive goal, and Netherlands grew in confidence until in the 87th minute, Kirsten van de Ven blasted the ball past Erin McLeod.
Canada finishes the group as winners without ever producing a display that would terrify any Last 16 opponent. But maybe, having qualified from the group stage for only the second time, they can proceed with confidence. Netherlands finish with 4 points, behind second placed China on goals scored. They have a good chance of securing one of the four best third places.
Canada will face the best third place team from Groups C, D or E. If Netherlands do reach the Last 16, they will face either Germany or the winners of Group C (almost certainly Japan).
Team News

Netherlands made three changes from the defeat by China, with Loes Geurts recovering from an injury to replace Sari van Veenendaal, and Anouk Dekker and Merel van Dongen replacing Tessel Middag and Petra Hogewoning.

Canada changed to a 4-3-3, with Carmelina Moscato replacing the nervous Lauren Sesselmann in defence, and Jessie Fleming, Kaylyn Kyle and Adriana Leon coming in for Desiree Scott, Melissa Tancredi and Jonelle Filigno.

Match Report

Canada came out with the intent to attack, and they pounced upon a Netherlands mistake as Ashley Lawrence shot from outside the box. Her shot took a large deflection to set up Sophie Schmidt whose header looped over Loes Geurts and hit the crossbar.

And then they took the lead. Josee Belanger’s cross fell to Schmidt whose shot was superbly blocked by Stefanie van der Gragt, but this setup Lawrence who side-footed the ball into the bottom-left corner.

She could have gotten a second when the space opened up in front of her, but this time Lawrence shot just wide of the left post. Then Schmidt’s cross picked out Adriana Leon whose shot was superbly blocked by Desiree van Lunteren, who was injured in the process and had to be replaced. From the resulting corner, Christine Sinclair could only head wide.

Netherlands provided Canada with a couple of warning signs. Lieke Marten’s speculative shot went over and then she played Vivianne Miedema into the box who was denied by Kadeisha Buchanan’s last-ditch tackle.

They should have equalised when Manon Melis picked out Danielle van Donk who from point-blank range ended up miscontrolling the ball and the chance was gone.

Netherlands came out in the second half with the desire to get an equaliser and came close from Sherida Spitse’s long ranged effort, but it lacked the power to trouble McLeod.

Canada still posed a threat going forward. Schmidt’s cross was headed wide by Lawrence, and then Jessie Fleming shot over from 25-yards.

But the Dutch should have equalised. Marten’s left-wing cross picked out Melis, who set up Miedema who ended up blasting the ball over.

It was the Dutch who were on top. Spitse had a powerful shot well saved by McLeod and then van der Donk shot into the side-netting.

They should have had a penalty. At first glance, it looked like Allysha Chapman had made a superb sliding tackle to stop Melis, but on the replay it looked like the defender had taken out the forward.

And then the Netherlands equalised with the last chance of the game. Melis rode Moscato’s challenge and then set up the unmarked Kirsten van de Ven who blasted the ball into the top-left corner.


Woman of the Match

Lieke Martens – Netherlands

Final Group B Standings

Country P W D L F A GD Pts
Canada 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
China 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
New Zealand 3 0 2 1 1 3 -1 2


Netherlands: (4-3-3) Loes Geurts, Desiree van Lunteren (Dominqiue Janssen 13), Stefanie van der Gragt, Mandy van den Berg (c), Merel van Dongen, Anouk Dekker, Danielle van de Donk (Kirsten van de Ven 72), Sherida Spitse, Manon Melis, Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens.

Goal: Kirsten van de Ven 87.

Booked: Stefanie van de Gragt 73.

Canada: (4-3-3) Erin McLeod, Josee Belanger, Kadeisha Buchanan, Carmelina Moscato, Allysha Chapman, Jessie Fleming (Melissa Tancredi 61), Kaylyn Kyle (Desiree Scott 61), Ashley Lawrence, Sophie Schmidt (Rhian Wilkinson 81), Christine Sinclair (c), Ariana Leon.

Goal: Ashley Lawrence 10.

Booked: Josee Belanger 72.


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