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Hosts Netherlands win Women’s Euro 2017 opener

Hosts Netherlands win Women's Euro 2017 opener

Hosts Netherlands got their Women’s Euro 2017 campaign off to a successful start with a deserved win over Norway.

Liverpool’s Shanice van de Sanden scored the only goal, heading in Lieke Martens’ pin-point cross from close range after 66 minutes.

Netherlands could have opened the scoring in the opening 30 seconds, but Ingris Hjelmseth kept out a shot from Arsenal’s Danielle van de Donk.

Chelsea’s Maren Mjelde came close with a free-kick, Norway’s best effort.

The 2013 finalists were second best throughout against a Dutch side helped by a boisterous home following. The crowd of 21,732 at the Stade Galgenwaard was a record for a women’s football match in the Netherlands.

Sarina Wiegman’s side had plenty of chances, the best of which fell to Rosengard’s Martens, who forced Hjelmseth into a fine save, while Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema dragged an effort wide.

Norway striker Ada Hegerberg, the current BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year, barely got a kick during the match and was largely kept quiet by the Dutch defence.

The most presentable chance fell to her with a minute remaining, but her deflected strike was easy for Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

BBC Sports

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