Daniëlle van de Donk presented the French Super Cup to Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday. Thanks to a goal from the Orange international, France secured a 1-0 win over reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Van de Dong’s goal came in the thirteenth minute. The attacking midfielder tapped the ball in from close range when the Paris Saint-Germain keeper failed to control a shot. After that, not many goals were scored at Dunkirk. Ligue Martens was absent for PSG due to injury, while Orange international Damaris Egurola came on midway through the second half.
For van de Dong, his leading role in Lyon was a big boost. The Brabant player suffered a serious injury in Lyon at the end of last year, as a result of which he was out of circulation for a long time and could not play in the Champions League final won against FC Barcelona (4-0) . She was able to participate only in the last competition.
The 31-year-old van de Donk became eligible in time for the European Championships in England, but she had a poor match with the Orange girls. Defending champions France were stunned in the quarter-finals. Van de Donk was key in the group game against Portugal with a goal. The Netherlands won 3-2 with their beautiful distance.
Van de Donk reports to the Orange girls on Monday for an important international match under new national coach Andries Jonger. The Netherlands must beat Iceland on September 6 to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Next Friday, Orange Women will play a friendly against Scotland.
Jonker was unveiled last Wednesday as Mark Parsons’ successor. The latter was dismissed due to disappointing results and poor performance in the European Championship. Jonker will lead the Orange in Zest’s first practice on Monday. Martens was absent from the Dutch qualifiers due to a leg injury he sustained during the European Championships. Egurola has been invited.
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