Orange girls have won their last game of 2022. National coach Andries Jonker’s side were thrashed 2-0 by Denmark in a friendly in a year that ended in a painful defeat to the European champions.
In the 26th minute, Dominik Janssen scored for Swollen from a corner kick. Moments later, captain Sherida Spitz hit the crossbar from a free kick. It was still 2-0 in the second half. Lynette Bierenstein shot the ball into the far corner after an individual move. That was it.
A boost for the Orange is the return of Leek Martens. The left-back played in an international for the first time in almost four months against Denmark. 140 times an international match has been taken off at half-time.
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Orange girls have a good ending to a bad year. At last summer’s European Championships in England, the Netherlands were shockingly dethroned as European champions. In the quarter-finals, then national coach Mark Parsons’ team lost no chance against France (0-1).
A poor European Championship cost Parsons his job in August. Jonker was appointed as his successor two weeks after Britton was sacked. Under the leadership of Louis van Gaal’s former right-hand man, the smiles returned to the Orange. In September, the Netherlands qualified directly for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Netherlands won’t meet again until February. Preparation for the World Cup really begins for Jonker. The global finals begin on July 20. The Netherlands will face defending world champions USA, Vietnam and the winner of Group A in the play-offs (Portugal, Thailand and Cameroon) in the group stage.
Orange dominates against Denmark
With Martens and Lyneth Bierenstein as attackers and Sherida Spitze as a defender in a 3-5-2 formation, the Orange girls got off to a poor start at the modest stadium in Swollen. Netherlands lost a lot of balls against Denmark. After a header from the returning Martens, it turned around and the game changed completely.
The Netherlands seized this initiative and did not abandon it in the near future. This resulted in a 1-0 draw in 26 minutes of play. Spitze’s corner kick was met by Martens and fell to Johnson’s knee, who unwittingly put the ball into the net.
The Orange then went on the attack and were close to 2-0 a few times. Spitze’s free kick from about 25 meters out hit the crossbar and efforts from Daniel van de Donk and Bierenstein were caught by Danish keeper Leanne Christensen.
After the break, it was 2-0 when Martens was taken off. Receiving the ball on the right side of the penalty area in the 55th minute, Bierenstein cut down an opponent and found the far corner with his left foot. The apparent assailant pointed to the sky as a tribute to his mother, who died last month.
Although Denmark had some chances, the Netherlands held its own and can therefore go into 2023 with a good feeling. Another big tournament is planned for Orange: the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. A tournament mainly about rehabilitation after a dramatic European Championship.
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