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Netherlands v Sweden: Women's EURO quarter-final facts

Hosts the Netherlands take a perfect group record into their Doetinchem quarter-final against a Sweden side aiming to reach their ninth semi-final.

Action from these teams' March meeting in Lagos, Portugal
Action from these teams' March meeting in Lagos, Portugal ©Sportsfile

• The Netherlands won all three of their Group A games, beating Norway (1-0), Denmark (1-0) and Belgium (2-1).

• Sweden opened Group B by holding Germany 0-0 and then crucially beat Russia 2-0. That meant they could afford a 3-2 loss to Italy and still finish second.

• Lotta Schelin's two goals so far have made her the all-time leading UEFA Women's EURO group scorer on six.

Quarter-final pedigree 
• The Netherlands have reached this stage three times. In 1989, over two legs, they went down 5-1 to Norway and two years later they lost 1-0 on aggregate to an extra-time Denmark goal in Denekamp. On their finals debut in 2009 they beat France 5-4 on penalties following a 0-0 draw; Shanice van de Sanden, Sherida Spitse, Angela Christ were all unused substitutes that day.

• Italy's eliminination means Sweden are now the only nation to have reached the last eight in all 12 editions of this competition. Their only quarter-final losses were in 1991 (on away goals to Italy after 1-1 and 0-0 draws), 1993 (3-2 on aggregate to Denmark) and 2009 (3-1 to Norway). In 2013, as hosts, they beat Iceland 4-0.

• Sweden are aiming to reach a ninth semi-final, which before this tournament was a record shared by Germany and Norway.

Previous meetings
• These teams last met competitively in March 2016 in the Olympic qualifiers in Rotterdam. A 1-1 draw took Sweden to Brazil (where they won silver) at the Netherlands' expense. Vivianne Miedema's early goal for Roger Reijners' side was cancelled out just before half-time by Olivia Schough.

Sweden celebrate after booking an Olympic spot
Sweden celebrate after booking an Olympic spot©Getty Images

• The teams that day ...
Netherlands: Van Veenendaal, Van Lunteren, Zeeman (Kerkdijk 46), Van den Berg, Janssen (Middag 86), Dekker, Van de Donk, Spitse, Melis (Slegers 68), Miedema, Van de Sanden.
Lindahl, Samuelsson, Fischer, Sembrant, Rubensson, Appelqvist, Dahlqvist, Seger, Jakobsson, Schough (Berglund 83), Schelin (Blackstenius 57).

• These sides have met six times in UEFA Women's EURO qualifying. In 2001 Sweden drew 1-1 at home and won 3-0 in Rotterdam. In 1989, when Pia Sundhage was playing, it was 0-0 in Sweden and the Netherlands won 1-0 at home. In 1987 both teams won their home games 2-0.

• In 19 meetings overall, including friendlies, Sweden have ten wins to the Netherlands' five, with four draws. Sweden lead 32-14 on goals. The Netherlands beat Sweden 1-0 in the 2017 Algarve Cup in March, their first win in the fixture since 1992.

Stadion De Vijverberg
Stadion De Vijverberg©Getty Images

• In April, the Netherlands beat Iceland 4-0 in a friendly in Doetinchem at the home of De Graafschap, where Saturday's game will be played.

• The Netherlands' Jill Roord and Lineth Beerensteyn have this summer teamed up with Sweden's Fridolina Rolfö at Bayern München. Vivianne Miedema has just left the German club for Arsenal.

• Sweden's Stina Blackstenius plays with Anouk Dekker at Montpellier.

• Netherlands midfielder Sheila van den Bulk is based in Sweden with Djurgården.

• The Netherlands' Anouk Dekker, Jackie Groenen, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk Danielle and Stefanie van der Gragt are a booking from missing a potential semi-final, as is Sweden's Magdalena Eriksson.