Brilliant achievement, as all of the finalists Den Bosch and SCHC were missing from the Orange squad. Only striker Joosje Burg (Den Bosch) and goalkeeper Alexandra Heerbaart (SCHC) have traveled to East London.
Just like Irene van den Asem, who previously called out for the Dutch national team after having to miss the Olympics due to an injury. The defender came back from that decision this year and set her sights on Paris 2024. Brabant (32) has won everything to win it, including European and world champions, but the Olympic gold medal is still missing from her comfort.
Van den Asim, who climbed into the Dutch top flight with her old club Tilburg after playing for Den Bosch for years, is a welcome boost to the Orange defence. You can also send a message to the veteran on the penalty shootout: in the third quarter Van den Asim scored the equalizer against Maddy Hinch, after England advanced in the opening stage via Elena Raer.
An experienced van den Asim is a player who knows how to keep his cool during critical moments. This also applies to the third penalty kick for the Netherlands, as well as the second corner “passed by” Phyllis Albers. This time Van den Asim chose the substitute and served Tessa Klaisner, who scored a powerful and lofty goal: 1-2.
Smiling for the first time
That goal was enough for the win, although England were still close to equalizing three seconds (!) before time, but Herbart saw the ball disappear over the goal. In doing so, the Sabbath soap stain was removed. In the game, Tessa Beetsma (HDM) made her debut, a day after Maria Steensma (Pinoké) won her first title.
The job of interim national team coach Jamilon Mulders will be very important to determine his selection for the World Cup. The Germans will have to get through tough things in the coming days, as the world number one seed tournament begins on July 2 with a match against Ireland. The match is a repeat of the World Cup final four years ago, which the Orange won at the time due to force majeure.
Meanwhile, Eva De Guide, senior manager of the gold-medal-winning team in Tokyo, is working hard on her comeback. De Guid, 33 and the world’s two-time best player, tore her ACL in November. The three-time Olympic champion appears to have made a comeback almost in time for the World Cup. But it’s not for nothing that Eva de Goede is Eva de Goede, a hockey star from another planet.
The playmaker, who is fit for 251 caps, may be mirroring herself for her teammate and teammate Ledwig Wilton. The striker sustained a serious hamstring injury just three months before the Olympic tournament, but recovered in record time thanks to extensive treatment that fought all the duels during Japan’s golden summer.
But time is running out for D’Guide. Meanwhile, her teammates will play four more A-League matches in the run-up to the World Cup in Amstelveen and Terrassa, Spain: two against Germany (June 11 and 12, Hamburg) and two against China (June 21 and June 21). 22, Rotterdam). Mulders can then continue working on assembling his puzzle pieces for the World Cup. But anyway: Irene van den Asim did an excellent job in London.
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