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Sweden Lose Out: USWNT to Face the Netherlands in the WC Final

The USWNT will play in the eagerly expected final game of the 2019 World Cup against the Netherlands. After Jackie Groenen scored the only goal and gave the Dutch the 1–0 win after overtime, we have found out the name of our opponent in the final.

On Wednesday night, the Netherlands played against Sweden in the second semi-final of the World Cup. Nothing could divide the two evenly-matched teams as we had a scoreless draw at the end of the regulation time. Nine minutes into overtime, the Netherlands’ Groenen drove a shot past Swedens’ goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It was Groenen who took the scoring shot from outside the 18 yards box. The whole drive was a team effort as Groenen was on the end line of a quality passing sequence.

That moment was the only difference between them as Sweden failed to level the score in the last 21 minutes. Consequently, the Netherlands, current European champions, have booked their trip to the final game against the United States, current world champions. With this, it’s going to be a showdown of two teams that have been the absolute best in the last couple of years. As a reminder, the United States beat England in the other semi-final, with a 2–1 win.

This will also be a World Cup final in which both teams had a female head coach. The first one since 2003. The past three finals had at least one male coach in them, but with Jill Ellis in charge of the USWNT and Sarina Wiegman coaching the Netherlands, that will now change.

The Dutch Women’s team has made staggering progress. Their debut on the big scene was at the 2015 World Cup when their road ended in the last 16. Two years later, they won the European Championship.

Before the final, there will be a playoff game for the third place, with England and Sweden fighting it out for the bronze on Saturday.

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