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Women’s EURO 2022, Netherlands – Portugal, facts, stats and players to follow | Women’s EURO

Netherlands-Portugal head-to-head

  • Defending holders Netherlands take on Portugal on Matchday 2 of Group C at Leigh Sports Village, with the Selecção aiming to beat the Oranje for just the second time.
  • The two teams are tied on one point and both showed their determination to save a draw in their opening matchday match on July 9.
  • The Oranjes, forced to make two first-half substitutions after Sweden opened the scoring in the 36th minute at Sheffield, rallied to earn a point thanks to a Jill Roord goal early in the second half. time.
  • Portugal will be heartened after making EURO Women history with their impressive second-half comeback to snatch a draw against Switzerland at Leigh Sports Village. The Selecção found themselves trailing 2-0 after just five minutes – the earliest two-goal deficit at the Women’s EURO – and were able to come back level thanks to goals from Diana Gomes (58e) and Jessica Silva (65e).
  • This is the first meeting between the two teams in a major tournament, although they met in qualifying for the 2003 and 2015 editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The last meeting between the two teams was in September 2014 in Venlo as part of a 2015 World Cup qualifier match, with the Dutch hosts eventually securing a 3-2 win thanks to a hat-trick from Vivianne Miedema.
  • Portugal equalized twice in Venlo in the last meeting between the two teams, by Jéssica Silva and Laura Luís.
  • The Netherlands won 7-0 in World Cup qualification in Maia in October 2013, Miedema again scoring three times. Renée Slegers, Anouk Dekker and Lieke Martens had put the visitors ahead before Miedema came on as a substitute just over 15 minutes from time.
  • The Netherlands have won the last four matches between the two teams in all competitions, scoring 16 goals.
  • Portugal’s only victory against the Dutch was a 2-1 in December 2001 in Tábua, in a 2003 World Cup qualifier. Sandra Muller had given the visitors the lead, but Portugal substitute Sónia reversed the trend.
  • The Netherlands took first place in the group in the return leg at Gemert, which they won 4-1 in May 2002.
  • In 2017, the Netherlands became the fourth nation to lift the UEFA Women’s EURO trophy, thanks to a 4-2 victory in the final against Denmark in Enschede.
  • Miedema (double), Martens and Sherida Spitse scored for Sarina Wiegman’s side, who were trailing from a Nadia Nadim penalty in the sixth minute.
  • The Oranjes have reached the semi-finals or better in two of their three EURO appearances, losing in extra time to England in the last four as debutants in 2009 before being knocked out in the group stage in Sweden after not winning a single match four years later.
  • The Selecção’s only victory in the finals was a 2-1 matchday two win against Scotland in Rotterdam, but Francisco Neto’s side were eliminated due to their inferior head-to-head record, after a three-way tie for second place with Scotland and Spain, who qualified with Group D winners England.
  • The Netherlands clinched their place for a fourth successive EURO thanks to a flawless qualifying campaign, winning all ten of their Group A matches and scoring 48 goals – the most goals in EURO 2022 qualifying with the Denmark and Spain.Portugal, who lost 1-0 on aggregate to Russia in the play-offs, were granted their place for EURO 2022 on May 2 by the UEFA Executive Committee .
  • The Selecção das Quinas qualified thanks to their second place in Group E behind unbeaten Finland. Portugal got 19 points out of a possible 24, despite only scoring ten goals. They only dropped points against Finland, drawing 1-1 at home to eventual group winners in November 2019 before losing 1-0 in Helsinki in February 2021.

Players to follow

Netherlands: Lieke Martens

  • The 29-year-old scored the Netherlands’ fourth goal in their 7-0 win over Portugal in October 2013.
  • Martens scored three goals as the Netherlands won EURO 2017, her performances earning her the Player of the Tournament award.
  • Only England’s Jodie Taylor (five) and Oranje team-mate Miedema (four) scored more goals in the 2017 finals than Martens.
  • The striker joined Paris Saint-Germain on June 16 after five seasons at Barcelona, ​​where she won eight major honours, including the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Portugal: Ana Borges

  • The 32-year-old is the only Portuguese player to have played the entire EURO 2022 qualifying campaign.
  • The Sporting CP striker was omnipresent when Portugal were eliminated in the group stage of this tournament five years ago in the Netherlands.

Borges spent three years in England with Chelsea, and was teammate to Dutchman Jackie Groenen, having joined England from Atlético de Madrid in the summer of 2014.

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