Sweden's coach feels "empty" after World Cup semifinal defeat

Arnold Nichols
July 6, 2019

He said: "I could talk at length about Holland".

"We get so much energy from it, we hope it's a Dutch party again", Miedema said. "The ball just came really nicely, and I thought, 'Let's do this'".

When Danielle van de Donk's pass was touched into her path, Groenen sent a low shot from 20 yards beyond the reach of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl and into the far corner.

She also called watching from the sidelines "terrible", adding: "I always say this about our friends and family who are here, it's very bad for them because they have so much invested and you have no way to expend all this anxiety that you have, stressed out about the game".

"I think we went through different stages of development as a team".

The two European teams will compete for a spot in the final against the US on Sunday.

"It might have been tiredness. players hitting the ball when they find themselves in a position they shouldn't be in".

"They're obviously a massive team, they have massive players, they're the biggest team in the world, I can't wait to play them".

It's the second-consecutive major final for the Dutch, who won the European championship on home soil two years ago and are attempting to pull off a rare double.

But the Netherlands did get their goal and it came through Jackie Groenen.

The surprisingly ineffective Lieke Mertens' withdrawal at half-time had worked in favor of the European champions.

Just like Cruyff, her soccer idol, Groenen proudly wears the No. 14 jersey. They already have a prize in a guaranteed place at their first Olympic Games next year in Tokyo.

The finalists have something in common: female coaches. The United States' Jill Ellis and the Netherlands' Sarina Wiegman end a run of three consecutive finals featuring a male coach. These players are incredibly important and can decide the match.

At a press conference when Dutch midfielder van de Donk was asked if she thought USA star Alex Morgan might have a special goal celebration for the final planned, promptly hit back, "I don't think she's going to score against us".

The U.S. women's national team defeated England 2-1 in their Women's Word Cup semifinal game Tuesday afternoon.

The game featured few scoring chances and was only lit up by the goalkeeping in regulation time - particularly in the second half. Following a scramble in the Netherlands penalty box, Fischer found herself in space to launch a shot towards van Veenendaal's goal which was deftly denied by the Dutch goalkeeper as she barely tipped it onto the post, the rebound quickly cleared by a host of Orange shirts. "We have a team working on all these aspects, looking into everything", Gerhardsson said. Their last defeat was the 2011 final in Germany when they lost to Japan in a penalty shootout.

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