Netherlands coach Andries Jonker expresses his team’s determination to beat every team they encounter at the Women’s World Cup, following their victory over South Africa which secures their place in the quarter-final against Spain.
Despite tense moments throughout the match, the Netherlands managed to secure their win over South Africa, advancing them to the quarter-final. However, the team will be facing Spain without the seasoned midfielder, Danielle van de Donk, who is serving a suspension following her second yellow card of the tournament.
Van de Donk, formerly of Arsenal and currently a Champions League winner with Lyon, was visibly upset as the match ended, realizing she would miss the quarter-final, after having started in every World Cup game for the Netherlands.
“We are confident that this is not Danielle’s final game. We are naturally disappointed about the yellow card, but we cannot change what has happened,” commented Jonker. “Danielle possesses specific skills that we will miss, but we have a strong midfield lineup and will strategize accordingly.”
Manchester City’s recent record signing, Jill Roord, put the Netherlands in the lead, while South Africa made numerous attempts to level the score against the 2019 runner-ups.
Thembi Kgatlana, the captain of Banyana Banyana, put up a notable performance and managed to force four strong saves from Daphne van Domselaar, Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper, in front of a massive crowd at Sydney Football Stadium.
Lineth Beerensteyn extended the lead following a mistake by South Africa’s goalkeeper Kaylin Swart in the second half.
The Netherlands team will next face Spain in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday at 02:00 BST, competing for a spot in the semi-finals.
Jill Roord has made her mark at the 2023 Women’s World Cup by scoring four goals.
Following a rapid start, the Netherlands are only two wins away from back-to-back finals. Roord’s quick header marked the sixth time the team has scored within the first 20 minutes of a match at this tournament.
After a heartbreaking mistake from Swart, Beerensteyn was able to score, sealing the Netherlands’ third win of the tournament.
“Daphne has made several crucial saves and it was a relief to lead 1-0 at half-time,” Jonker added, “But, our first half performance was disappointing, as we lost possession of the ball too often.”
So far, the Netherlands have had an almost flawless World Cup run, with only a draw against four-time world champions, the United States, due to Lindsey Horan’s equalising goal.
Tasked with topping the previous World Cup’s achievement, where the Netherlands were defeated 2-0 by the USA, Jonker leads his team into the quarter-finals with an impressive winning streak and Spain in their crosshairs.
Despite their loss, South Africa’s Banyana Banyana leaves the tournament with their heads held high, making a memorable impact on this World Cup.
Their joyous celebrations and exciting, fast-paced play style were a delight to fans, despite the dispute with the South Africa Football Association. The players will receive $50,000 (£39,000) each from FIFA for reaching the last 16, but nothing from their national association.
Although losing Jermaine Seoposenwe and Bambanani Mbane to injury before half-time, South Africa managed to challenge the Netherlands effectively. Kgatlana, known for her impressive speed, scored twice and assisted two goals at the World Cup, proving to be a persistent threat to the Netherlands.
In this match alone, she was responsible for five of South Africa’s seven shots on target but was repeatedly denied by Van Domselaar.
“As a group, we can take pride in our performance,” remarked manager Desiree Ellis, “I’m expecting the country to give us a warm welcome when we return.”
Ellis also called on sponsors to support women’s football in South Africa.
Player of the match, Jill Roord from the Netherlands, scored an average of 8.19, followed by Danielle van de Donk with 7.92, and Pelova with 7.84.
Match Statistics revealed that the Netherlands maintained 70% possession compared to South Africa’s 30%. Both teams had 14 and 13 shots respectively, with the Netherlands landing 6 shots on target to South Africa’s 7.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Netherlands Women’s World Cup 2023
Who scored the goals for the Netherlands in the match against South Africa in the Women’s World Cup 2023?
Jill Roord and Lineth Beerensteyn scored the goals for the Netherlands.
Which team will the Netherlands face in the quarter-finals?
The Netherlands will face Spain in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup 2023.
Why will Danielle van de Donk miss the quarter-final match against Spain?
Danielle van de Donk will miss the match due to a suspension after receiving her second yellow card of the tournament.
Who was the player of the match?
Jill Roord was the player of the match with an average rating of 8.19.
How did South Africa perform in the tournament?
Despite their loss to the Netherlands, South Africa’s performance in the tournament was impressive. They reached the last 16 for the first time and their fast-paced play style was appreciated by fans. Their player Thembi Kgatlana was particularly notable for her speed and skill.