England crash out of EUROS

Englands Euro 2017 tournament ended after a 3-0 defeat to host nation Netherlands thanks to goals from Vivianne Miedema, Danielle Van de Donk and a late Millie Bright own goal.

It was Mark Sampsons side however who created the first clear cut chance of the game as Steph Houghton got on the end of a Jordan Nobbs freekick but her header was well blocked by Anouk Dekker.

19 minutes has passed for the Dutch created their first chance of note as Arsenal’s Van de Donk hit a sweet shot from range just over the crossbar.

However they did go ahead on 22 minutes as another Arsenal player Vivianne Miedema rose highest to head a Jackie Groenen cross past the despairing dive of Siobhan Chamberlain.

England then created a fine opening two minutes later as Jodie Taylor played Fran Kirby in but she fired her effort over the crossbar when she maybe should have done better.

Mark Sampson’s were taking control of the game and could have equalised on 25 minutes as Nobbs whipped in another fantastic freekick for Jade Moore but she saw her effort blocked by the sliding Kika Van Es.

It was then the turn of Houghton once again to try her luck as she fired just wide of the target after the Dutch failed to clear another Nobbs freekick into the box.

England were creating chances but just couldn’t finish them as Lucy Bronze was played in by Kirby but she lashed her effort wide of the target.

As the first half was drawing to a close Nobbs thought she had levelled when her effort was well saved down low by Arsenal Teammate Sari Van Veenendaal.

Desiree van Lunteren then nearly made it two for Sarina Wiegmans team as on 48 minutes she fired an effort from distance just wide of Chamberlains goal.

Taylor then she had levelled the tie on 49 minutes as Kirby played her in but she dragged her low right footed effort wide of the target when you would have banked on her testing the goalkeeper.

It was the turn of Ellen White to have the Lionesses next opening on 51 minutes but her effort was well kept out by the reactions of Van Veenendaal.

In a fantastic end to end game Chamberlain then made a world class saved as she kept out a drive from her Liverpool Teammate Shanice Van De Sanden after a Groenen cross.

Groenen was causing England all sorts of problems with her pass and trickery and she could have made it two as she skipped past Demi Stokes before curling her effort just wide of goal.

However it was to be two on 62 minutes as Fara Williams poor header was seized upon by Van de Donk and she fired the ball into the net from four yards out to surely send Sampson’s side packing.

England could have pulled a goal back on 67 minutes as Kirby played in White but she saw her effort well saved by the Dutch keeper.

Miedema was then close to doubling her goal tally as she saw her shot well saved by Chamberlain after she danced her way into the box before pulling the trigger.

It was Miedema again who thought she had a third for the Dutch as she fired her effort just wide of the target after good link up play with Martens.

White should have pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go as she headed a Nobbs cross wide of target from close range.

As Sampson’s side were pressing to get back in the game Taylor was the latest player denied as she saw her effort well kept out by Van Veenendaal.

Toni Duggan who has had a fantastic tournament when used could have pulled a late goal back as she linked up with Karen Carney before she saw her effort well blocked by Sherida Spitse.

It was to be three for the Netherlands in the last minute as Millie Bright turned the ball into the back of her net Martens hit a low shot towards goal to complete the scoring and sending the hosts into Sundays final with Denmark.

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