Stalemate keeps contest tight

Published: Saturday 30 August 2008, 18.39CET
Netherlands 1-1 Switzerland
The race to reach the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying play-offs from Group 4 remains finely balanced.
by Berend Scholten
Stalemate keeps contest tight
Netherlands coach Vera Pauw saw her side concede a late equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Saturday 30 August 2008, 18.39CET

Stalemate keeps contest tight

Netherlands 1-1 Switzerland
The race to reach the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying play-offs from Group 4 remains finely balanced.

The race to reach the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying play-offs from Group 4 remains finely balanced after the Netherlands were held by Switzerland in The Hague.

Various permutations
Manon Melis's opener for the Netherlands was cancelled out in added time by substitute Désirée Grundbacher to move Switzerland into second place, one point ahead of Belgium and two clear of the Dutch with one fixture remaining. However, after the Netherlands welcome Belgium on 27 September, Switzerland must face group winners Germany on 1 October and look likely to need at least a point to have any chance of going into the play-offs as one of the four best third-place sides; only victory would allow them to finish in second and ensure a two-legged tie.

Late equaliser
The Netherlands started well in The Hague with Karin Stevens threatening early although she could not keep her header down with the first presentable chance of the game. The away side then went close from a set-piece before Sylvia Smit was released by Sherida Spitse but did not take advantage in a one-on-one situation. Vera Pauw's home side then took the lead after an hour when Kirsten van de Ven and Smit combined to set up Melis. The Netherlands looked like they would claim three crucial points but Grundbacher equalised after adroitly meeting a pass from deep. Still, a win for the Netherlands against their neighbours next month should take them into the play-offs barring an upset when Switzerland face Germany.

Last updated: 01/09/08 12.28CET

Lineup

Netherlands

Netherlands

Switzerland

Switzerland

2Dyanne Bito
Yellow Card44'
15Caroline Abbé
1Loes Geurts (GK)3Sandra Betschart
4Petra Hogewoning
Substitution65'
1Marisa Brunner (GK)
9Manon Melis
Goal58'
10Lara Dickenmann (C)
3Elisabeth Migchelsen (C)
Substitution87'
9Isabelle Meyer
11Sylvia Smit16Nicole Schäpper
6Sherida Spitse
Yellow Card85'
2Franziska Schärer
Substitution85'
10Karin Stevens19Ramona Bachmann
7Annemieke Kiesel-Griffioen14Noémie Beney
5Daphne Koster5Marina Keller
20Kirsten van de Ven
Substitution61'
7Martina Moser
Substitution63'

Substitutes

14Marije Brummel4Rahel Graf
12Anouk Hoogendijk
Substitution65'
18Désirée Grundbacher
Substitution85'
Goal90+1'
8Karin Legemate
Substitution87'
8Prisca Steinegger
23Angela Christ (GK)20Maeva Sarrasin
Substitution63'
22Dominique Vugts12Gaëlle Thalmann (GK)
15Claudia van den Heiligenberg
Substitution61'
17Marie-Andrea Egli
19Lianne de Vries13Nora Haeuptle

Coach

Vera Pauw (NED) Béatrice Von Siebenthal (SUI)

Referee

Floarea Ionescu (ROU)

Assistant referees

Monica Rigo (ROU), Mihaela Elena Gomoescu (ROU)

Fourth official

Sjoukje de Jong (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

    Next match womensworldcup: v Belarus, 21 August 2010
  • Switzerland

    Switzerland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Kazakhstan, 21 August 2010
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