Judo ace Groenen throws Dutch towards unlikely World Cup glory

Judo ace Groenen throws Dutch towards unlikely World Cup glory

"The Euros have helped us a lot - it's been growing a lot over the past couple of years".

The Netherlands will face the United States in the final here on Sunday, while Sweden was regulated to the third-place game against England on Saturday in Nice.

The first of those was in 1974 - when the astonishingly skilled Johan Cruyff was the talk of world soccer.

"Today she scored, she doesn't score all that often but it was a really good game", Roord said of Groenen.

It was hard not to admire Cruyff, who died in 2016, because he was such a ground-breaker.

Both teams boast an impressive - and rotating - front three and an exciting, fast-paced attack.


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But Cruyff mostly caught the eye because of his mesmerizing ball control, allied to his searing pace and twinkling feet. They are the eighth different team to do so and fourth European nation. "It will be hard but it will be incredible to win". They defeated Sweden 1-0 after 120 minutes. The ball came nicely so I just thought "let's do this".

A modesty explained by the fact it was only her third worldwide goal in 53 appearances.

"As a player you always want to play the biggest game of your career and this [final] is one of the biggest ones I'm going to hopefully play", she said.

"In the bigger picture, I think it is important that women get the chance to develop - as players, coaches and in other types of football and society".

Both sides are managed by women, Sarina Wiegman coaching the Dutch and Jill Ellis leading the US Of the 24 teams competing at the World Cup, only nine were coached by women.


With United Women only forming last summer, Groenen is the club's first ever overseas players after last season's squad consisted exclusively of British players. Germany is a -140 money-line favorite (risk $140 to win $100), while Sweden is +425, or a little over 4-1, to pull the upset in the 2019 World Cup bracket.

But Groenen's victor noticed the Scandinavians eradicated by the the same facet that knocked them out of the European Championship on the quarter-closing stage in 2017. This despite wonderful players like Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp and Robin van Persie.

European champions Netherlands are dreaming of winning a first World Cup in only their second appearance at the tournament. "I hope we can play our own game", said the midfielder, who was voted player of the match against Sweden.

The women's team of Holland leaves a very pleasant impression of their playing at the World Championships, since they still do not know defeat.

In a match that lacked any sense of emotion or excitement throughout the first 90 minutes, Netherlands and Sweden played to a scoreless draw until the 99th minute when Jackie Groenen delivered an outstanding strike which beat Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.


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