Netherlands on verge of finals

Published: Saturday 25 October 2008, 20.45CET
Spain 0-2 Netherlands
Goals from Karin Stevens and Kristen van de Ven helped the Netherlands to take a giant step towards reaching their first finals.
Netherlands on verge of finals
Netherlands coach Vera Pauw ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 25 October 2008, 20.45CET

Netherlands on verge of finals

Spain 0-2 Netherlands
Goals from Karin Stevens and Kristen van de Ven helped the Netherlands to take a giant step towards reaching their first finals.

Goals from Karin Stevens and Kristen van de Ven helped the Netherlands to take a giant step towards qualifying for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ as the visitors enjoyed a play-off first-leg victory in Spain.

In command
The Netherlands have never reached the finals before and looked outsiders for this tie. Despite Spain having the best of the first half, Stevens struck just after the break and Van de Ven's goal leaves Vera Pauw's side in command ahead of Thursday's return in Volendam.

Bright start
After just 12 minutes Van de Ven forced a fine save from Ainhoa Tirapu in the Spanish goal as the visitors declared their intent. Spain responded through Silvia Meseguer's shot from distance in the 12th minute while Adriana Martin had an effort cleared away for a corner moments later. Spain were gathering momentum and almost took the lead before the break when Erika Vázquez collected Ana Romero's pass from the left before hitting a dipping shot that bounced out off the crossbar.

Hard blow
The visitors went ahead not long after the restart when Stevens, given time and space to unleash her shot, finished off a good move that had started out on the right wing. The goal stunned Ignacio Quereda's charges who subsequently allowed their opponents to take control. The locals managed to briefly lift themselves, however, Erika's tireless efforts to breach the Dutch back-line were met with solid defending. Then, with the game heading into its final six minutes and with Spain defending high up the pitch, Van de Ven rushed through on goal and kept her head to finish coolly.

Last updated: 26/10/08 14.06CET

Lineup

Spain

Spain

Netherlands

Netherlands

1Ainhoa Tirapu (GK)1Loes Geurts (GK)
2Silvia Meseguer
Substitution65'
2Dyanne Bito
3Burgos
Substitution83'
3Manoe Meulen
4Melisa7Annemieke Kiesel-Griffioen
6Miriam Diéguez4Petra Hogewoning
7Adriana5Daphne Koster (C)
8Marta Torrejón6Sherida Spitse
Substitution77'
9Verónica Boquete10Karin Stevens
Goal49'
Substitution90'
10Vanesa (C)11Sylvia Smit
17Willy
Substitution55'
12Anouk Hoogendijk
18Erika Vázquez20Kirsten van de Ven
Goal84'

Substitutes

13María José Pons Gomez (GK)16Angela Christ (GK)
5Ruth García9Karin Legemate
11Sandra
Substitution55'
15Claudia van den Heiligenberg
Substitution90'
12Alexandra18Janna Torny
14Sonia
Substitution65'
19Lianne de Vries
15María Paz
Substitution83'
21Chantal de Ridder
16Maria-José Perez Gonzalez14Tessa Oudejans
Substitution77'

Coach

Ignacio Quereda Laviña (ESP) Vera Pauw (NED)

Referee

Gyöngyi Krisztina Gaál (HUN)

Assistant referees

Judit Kulcsár (HUN), Brigitta Zsuzsanna Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Fourth official

Maria Luisa Villa Gutierrez (ESP)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Spain

    Spain

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  • Netherlands

    Netherlands

    Next match womensworldcup: v Belarus, 21 August 2010
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