Netherlands' Jackie Groenen scores her side's opening goal during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
A boring, tactical semifinal between the European rivals was decided on a goal from Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen nine minutes into the first half of extra time in front of 48,452 at the Stade de Lyon on Wednesday.
"It is obviously incredible to be able to play in the finals, I am so proud", said Jackie Groenen, who scored the winning goal against Sweden.
The highly-anticipated Women's World Cup final will be broadcast live on Fox and Telemundo.
Both teams felt the pressure knowing the victor would face the No. 1 ranked and undefeated US team on the field Sunday, July 7.
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"It's something that every player dreams of playing in a World Cup final, playing against the previous champions and everyone dreams of winning as many trophies as they can, so hopefully, we can add one more". "It means we're more visible", she said through a translator at a pre-match news conference. "The Americans are massive, they have massive players". They are the eighth different team to do so and fourth European nation. Their last defeat was the 2011 final in Germany when they lost to Japan in a penalty shootout. Two hours and a cagey display later, Netherlands secured their spot in only their second FIFA Women's World Cup appearance.
The Netherlands were forced into making a substitute at half-time, with Lieke Martens, who has been struggling with a toe injury, replaced by Jill Roord.
"I think the pressure is off now", said Miedema, whose fine header against the Azzurre was her third goal of the tournament and helped ensure a place at Tokyo 2020.
The captain routinely tipped over unsafe inswinging corners and instinctively saved with her foot a close-range toe poke from Lina Hurtig shortly before halftime.
"If I'm not 100% fit then I want another girl to come in and give 100%", she said. "I can't even believe it yet".
The final is set for Sunday in Lyon at 11 a.m. ET. Netherlands will now face the United States of America in the finals of the tournament on July 7.
They've played during the previous World Cup cycle, with the USA taking a 3-1 friendly result at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in September, 2016 (one of two matches before which Rapinoe famously kneeled for the national anthem). - Sweden's Kosovare Asllani won seven fouls in this match, more than any other player in a single game at this year's tournament.