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Women’s EURO 2022, quarter-finals, France – Netherlands, facts and stats

France-Netherlands head-to-head

  • France are aiming for a first semi-final as they prepare to face defending champions Netherlands in the quarter-finals in Rotherham. This is a remake of the last quarter-final encounter at EURO 2009.
  • Les Bleues qualified as Group D winners with two wins against Italy (5-1) and Belgium (2-1), before a 1-1 draw with Iceland on matchday three.
  • The Netherlands qualified with seven points. The Dutch finished second in Group C behind Sweden on goal difference. They first went 1-1 against Sweden before beating Portugal 3-2 and Switzerland 4-1.
  • France finished top of their group for the second time in three editions, while the Oranje qualified for the quarters for the third time in four EURO appearances.
  • The winner of this match will face Germany or Austria in the semi-finals in Milton Keynes on July 27.
  • This is the second time the two teams have met in 2022. France won 3-1 in a friendly tournament played in Le Havre in February. Wendie Renard converted a penalty in the 20the minute before Marie-Antoinette Katoto scores a double (25e74e). Lineth Beerensteyn had scored for the Netherlands.
  • France remains on three matches without defeat against the Dutch, including two successes. Les Bleues won 2-1 in a friendly in Utrecht in April 2017 before going 3-3 in a friendly in Valenciennes three years later.
  • The Netherlands’ last victory against France dates back to October 2015 and a 2-1 success in a friendly in Paris. Danielle van de Donk (17e) and Griedge Mbock Bathy (18e csc) had scored.
  • The Netherlands have won just one of their last seven meetings against France (D2 L4) since a 2-1 victory against Les Bleues in a friendly in Cyprus in March 2011.
  • This is the first meeting in official competition between the two teams since the quarter-finals of EURO 2009. The match ended in penalties after a goalless draw. Anouk Hoogendijk scored the game-winning shot on goal as the Netherlands won the series 5-4.
  • Without taking into account the shots on goal, the Oranje have recorded their last three victories against the Blue ones only in friendly. The last victory against Les Bleues in regular time in official competition dates back to September 2005 and a 1-0 victory at Angers in the context of qualifying for the 2007 FIFA World Cup.
  • Corinne Deacon, current France coach, scored in both matches between the two sides in EURO 2001 qualifying. She opened the scoring 1-1 at Eindhoven in October 1999 and then equalized in France’s 2-1 home win in April 2000.
  • France have reached the quarter-finals in all four tournaments played under the current format, introduced in 2009. Only three teams have done so, the other two being Germany and Sweden.
  • Les Bleues lost in the quarter-finals against England in 2017. Jodie Taylor scored the only goal of the match. The French had lost at the same stage on penalties in 2013 and 2009, respectively against Denmark and the Netherlands.
  • The Netherlands have won their last two EURO quarter-finals, winning 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw against Les Bleues in 2009 and securing a 2-0 victory against Sweden five years ago.
  • In 2017, the Netherlands became the fourth nation to lift the EURO trophy, thanks to a 4-2 victory in the final against Denmark in Enschede. Miedema (10e89e), Martens (28e) and Sherida Spitse (51e) scored for Sarina Wiegman’s side, who were trailing on 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 and for their first EURO in 2009, before being knocked out in the group stage in Sweden without winning a single match four years later.
  • France finished top of Group G in qualifying for this competition without conceding in eight matches – scoring 44 goals themselves.
  • 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 Denmark and Spain.
  • France’s draw against Iceland on Matchday 3 ended a 16-game winning streak.
  • Les Bleues’ eight goals at EURO 2022 came in the first half.
  • France need one more goal to claim their best tally at a EURO finals; she also scored eight in 2013.
  • In their resounding 5-1 win over Italy on Matchday 1, France scored four or more goals in a Women’s EURO game for the first time; she had never recorded a victory in the tournament by more than three goals.
  • The Netherlands are unbeaten in nine EURO matches (D8) since losing 1-0 to Norway and Iceland in their last two group stage matches of the edition 2013.
  • The Oranje’s 4-1 win over Switzerland on matchday three equaled their biggest win ever in the tournament; they also beat England 3-0 in the semi-finals in 2017.
  • The 1-1 draw with Sweden on July 9 ended the Oranje’s six-game winning streak at the Women’s EURO, the second longest in finals history behind Germany (19) .
  • The Netherlands have only played one penalty shootout at the Women’s EURO: 5-4 against France, quarter-final 2009.
  • France have lost both EURO penalty shootouts:
    4-5 v Netherlands, quarter-final 2009
    2-4 v Denmark, quarter-final 2013

France’s best group stage moments

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Grace Geyoro

  • The 25-year-old’s hat-trick on Matchday 1 against Italy was the second by a French player in a Women’s EURO, after Angelique Roujas in 1997.
  • Geyoro helped Les Bleues win the 2016 UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship, scoring France’s second goal from the penalty spot in the 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the group stage.
  • Only England’s Beth Mead (five) has scored more goals than Geyoro in the EURO 2022 group stage.
  • The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder needs just one goal to join Roujas and Marinette Pichon as France’s all-time top scorers in this tournament.

Netherlands – France 2009, penalty shootout

Melvine Malard

  • The 22-year-old netted the fastest ever Women’s EURO group stage goal after 43 seconds against Iceland at New York Stadium.
  • Her matchday three goal also made her the youngest Les Bleues goalscorer in the tournament, at 22 years and 20 days – 193 days less than previous record holder Louisa Nécib.
  • Malard scored her first goals for France in the 5-0 defeat of Kazakhstan on October 26 in a 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier.
  • The Lyon striker made his senior debut in the EURO 2022 qualifying campaign, coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 away win against Serbia in September 2020.

France, a great start to the match

Wendie Fox

  • The 32-year-old opened the scoring in the last meeting between these nations, when France won 3-1 in a friendly tournament in February.
  • Renard also scored after coming on as a late substitute in the 3-0 win over the Netherlands in Cyprus in March 2014.
  • The central defender was the only outfield player to play the entire group stage for Les Bleues.
  • She has played all ten of France’s eleven EURO matches since 2013, only missing the quarter-final loss to England five years ago through suspension.

Netherlands, the best of their group stage


Lineth Beerensteyn

  • The 25-year-old striker scored the goal for the Netherlands in their 3-1 loss to France on February 22 in a friendly in Le Havre.
  • The striker has started in the Oranje’s last two group stage matches at EURO 2022; she had come on mid-game in her four previous Women’s EURO caps.
  • Beerensteyn appeared in all seven matches for the Netherlands who were runners-up at the 2019 World Cup in France.
  • The striker was part of the Oranje side that won the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship in 2014, subsequently helping the Netherlands triumph at EURO 2017.

WEURO 22 Mateo player highlights v Belgium

Sherida Spitse

  • The 32-year-old scored three times against Les Bleues. Only Slovenia have done them better among the opponents they have already met (four goals).
  • Spitse received the UEFA Player of the Match trophy for her performance in the matchday three win over Switzerland.
  • The midfielder has played in all of the Netherlands’ last ten EURO fixtures since being substituted on Matchday 2 of the 2013 edition.
  • The Ajax player was the Netherlands’ top scorer in EURO 2022 qualifying with ten goals in nine appearances.

Mbock, the goal of qualifying in the quarters

Danielle van de Donk

  • The 30-year-old opened the scoring in the Netherlands’ last win against Les Bleues, a 2-1 away friendly victory in October 2015.
  • The midfielder won the UEFA Women’s Champions League and the Women’s Division 1 title in 2021/22 in her first season at Lyon after joining Arsenal the previous June.
  • With her spectacular goal against Portugal on Matchday 2, she became the first Dutch woman to score in more than one EUROVan de Donk started all six matches in the Netherlands’ EURO 2017 win, scoring in of the 3-0 semi-final victory over England in Enschede.

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