Stevens strikes spark Netherlands joy

Published: Thursday 30 October 2008, 21.45CET
Netherlands 2-0 Spain (agg: 4-0)
Two goals from Karin Stevens took the Netherlands to their first major female finals with victory in their play-off against Spain in Volendam.
by Berend Scholten
Stevens strikes spark Netherlands joy
The Netherlands delight in their success ©KNVB

Match statistics

NetherlandsSpain

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Thursday 30 October 2008, 21.45CET

Stevens strikes spark Netherlands joy

Netherlands 2-0 Spain (agg: 4-0)
Two goals from Karin Stevens took the Netherlands to their first major female finals with victory in their play-off against Spain in Volendam.
Two goals from Karin Stevens took the Netherlands to their first major female finals with victory in their UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ play-off against Spain.

Finals berth
Stevens scored in the 2-0 win in Spain on Saturday that had left the Netherlands in a great position and she struck either side of half-time in Volendam tonight. The Netherlands will now enter the finals draw on 18 November and compete in Finland from 23 August until 10 September 2009.

Stevens strikes
Home coach Vera Pauw kept faith with the team that started in Spain while Ignacio Quereda brought in Laura del Río, Sonia Bermudez and María Paz in a reshuffle that led to his side dominating possession early on. The Netherlands withstood that and soon were finding striker Karin Stevens with long balls, supported by Sylvia Smit and Kirsten van de Ven. Just before the half-hour, Van de Ven forced an excellent save from Spai goalkeeper Ainhoa Tirapu but in the 37th minute she was beaten as a Smit free-kick from the right was turned in by Stevens.

Second goal
Spain now needed to score three times and that number increased to four eleven minutes into the second half. Dyanne Bito advanced down the right wing and crossed for Stevens to shoot in. The visitors did not give up hope but the Netherlands held out.

Last updated: 03/11/08 11.10CET

Lineup

Netherlands

Netherlands

Spain

Spain

1Loes Geurts (GK)1Ainhoa Tirapu (GK)
2Dyanne Bito2Marta Torrejón
3Manoe Meulen3Burgos
4Petra Hogewoning
Yellow Card60'
4Melisa (C)
Yellow Card28'
5Daphne Koster (C)6Miriam Diéguez
6Sherida Spitse
Substitution59'
8Laura del Río
Yellow Card37'
Substitution67'
7Annemieke Kiesel-Griffioen12Silvia Meseguer
10Karin Stevens
Goal37'
Goal56'
14Sonia
Substitution64'
11Sylvia Smit
Substitution82'
7Adriana
Substitution60'
12Anouk Hoogendijk9Verónica Boquete
20Kirsten van de Ven
Substitution87'
15María Paz

Substitutes

16Angela Christ (GK)16Maria-José Perez Gonzalez
8Karin Legemate13María José Pons Gomez (GK)
14Tessa Oudejans
Substitution59'
5Ruth García
15Claudia van den Heiligenberg10Vanesa
18Janna Torny
Substitution87'
11Sandra
Substitution64'
19Lianne de Vries17Willy
Substitution67'
21Chantal de Ridder
Substitution82'
18Erika Vázquez
Substitution60'

Coach

Vera Pauw (NED) Ignacio Quereda Laviña (ESP)

Referee

Tanja Schett (AUT)

Assistant referees

Cindy Zeferino De Oliveira (AUT), Michaela Kaar (AUT)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Netherlands

    Netherlands

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  • Spain

    Spain

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