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Women's Nations League semi-finals: Spain vs Netherlands, France vs Germany

Spain host the Netherlands and France play Germany in the semis on 23 February.

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Spain face the Netherlands and France welcome Germany in the inaugural UEFA Women's Nations League semi-finals on Friday 23 February.

Women's Nations League finals

Semi-finals (23 February)
Spain vs Netherlands (21:00 CET, La Cartuja de Sevilla Stadium, Seville)
France vs Germany (21:00 CET, OL Stadium, Décines)

Final & third-place match (28 February)
Spain / Netherlands vs France / Germany (La Cartuja de Sevilla Stadium, Seville / Abe Lenstra Stadium, Heerenveen)
Kick-off time in Seville 19:00 CET, kick-off time in Heerenveen 20:45 CET

The finals are played as single-leg knockout matches, with each game hosted by the teams drawn at home – Spain and France in the semis. The final and third-place play-off will be held on Wednesday 28 February, with the Spain vs Netherlands tie producing the home team in both cases.

The two finalists qualify for the 2024 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, joining hosts France, who qualify automatically. If France reach the final, the third-placed team fills the remaining slot at the Olympic Games.

The trophy was unveiled at the finals draw
The trophy was unveiled at the finals drawUEFA
Meet the finalists

Spain vs Netherlands (La Cartuja de Sevilla Stadium, Seville)

Head-to-head: Played 11, Spain wins 6, Netherlands wins 2, Draws 3, Goals 11-7

Spain beat the Netherlands 2-1 after extra time in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-finals, the first time they had met in a final tournament. Mariona Caldentey converted an 81st-minute penalty and although Stefanie van der Gragt equalised in added time, Salma Paralluelo hit the winner on 111 minutes for the eventual champions.

Spain have won four straight games against the Netherlands, whose last victories came in the UEFA Women's EURO 2009 play-offs in October 2008, when they prevailed 2-0 in both legs.

Spain

Group A4 winners

22/09/2023: Sweden 2-3 Spain
26/09/2023: Spain 5-0 Switzerland
27/10/2023: Italy 0-1 Spain
31/10/2023: Switzerland 1-7 Spain
01/12/2023: Spain 2-3 Italy
05/12/2023: Spain 5-3 Sweden

Tomé: 'Spain going into the last four with confidence'
  • Won their first major tournament at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • Finished as the top scorers in all three leagues with 23 goals.
  • Hoping to qualify for their first Olympic tournament.
Women's EURO: All Spain's group goals

Netherlands

Group A1 winners

22/09/2023: Belgium 2-1 Netherlands
26/09/2023: Netherlands 2-1 England
27/10/2023: Netherlands 4-0 Scotland 
31/10/2023: Scotland 0-1 Netherlands
01/12/2023: England 3-2 Netherlands
05/12/2023: Netherlands 4-0 Belgium

Jonker: 'It's the biggest challenge possible'
  • The 2017 European champions and 2019 World Cup runners-up were pipped by eventual winners Spain in the 2023 World Cup in quarter-final extra time.
  • Still missing Vivianne Miedema, the Netherlands came through a dramatic league phase group on goal difference ahead of England, the lead changing hands several times in Matchday 6 added time before Damaris Egurrola had the final say against Belgium.
  • Reached their first major tournament, Women's EURO 2009, with the play-off win against Spain.
Watch Beerensteyn strike for Dutch against England

France vs Germany (OL Stadium, Décines)

Head-to-head: Played 22, France wins 5, Germany wins 13, Draws 4, Goals 19-45

Germany won 2-1 in the teams' most recent meeting in an October 2022 friendly in Dresden. They triumphed by the same scoreline in the Women's EURO semi-finals in July, Alex Popp scoring twice either side of a Merle Frohms own goal.

Germany also beat France in the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals (on penalties), the 2011 World Cup group stage, and the Women's EURO group stage in 2009 and 2005.

France

Group A2 winners

22/09/2023: France 2-0 Portugal
26/09/2023: Austria 0-1 France
27/10/2023: Norway 1-2 France
31/10/2023: France 0-0 Norway
01/12/2023: France 3-0 Austria
05/12/2023: Portugal 0-1 France

France coach Renard: 'winning would be amazing'
  • France are aiming to reach their first major final.
  • Have lost in three previous semi-finals (including Women's EURO 2022) and seven quarter-finals (including the 2023 World Cup), all since 2009.
  • Were the only team to end a League A group unbeaten.
Watch Renard France winner vs Austria

Germany

Group A3 winners

22/09/2023: Denmark 2-0 Germany
26/09/2023: Germany 4-0 Iceland
27/10/2023: Germany 5-1 Wales
31/10/2023: Iceland 0-2 Germany
01/12/2023: Germany 3-0 Denmark 
05/12/2023: Wales 0-0 Germany

Germany's Hrubesch happy with France test
  • Having taken England to extra time in the Women's EURO 2022 final, following a run as clinical as any from their glory days, Germany suffered the shock of a group exit at the World Cup.
  • Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg then took sick leave, eventually stepping down for good in November. Horst Hrubesch took interim charge for the second time ahead of October's games.
  • Were able to afford a 0-0 draw in Wales on Matchday 6 as Denmark lost 1-0 at home to Iceland.
Women's EURO 2022 semi-final: Germany 2-1 France