With the win, Mark Parsons’ team regained the lead in Group C of the qualifying series towards the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Although Iceland, which has two points less after five matches, has played one game less.
However, due to the KNVB boycott of Belarus, one of the five countries in the group, the World Cup mission of the Lionesses is still surrounded by question marks. UEFA, which has only suspended Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, can impose a regular 2-0 defeat on the Netherlands, potentially endangering ‘participation Down Under’.
Lineth Beerenteyn signs for the 6-0.
Although the subject is a theme within the group of players, the Lionesses in Groningen came out unperturbed. Despite the moderate resistance, the players did not slacken for a moment and they constantly hunted for goals. Almost after every hit, the ball was fished out of the goal immediately. Only after the tenth goal, which – who else but – Miedema, was responsible for, there was now and then a slightly more extensive party. The counter at Miedema, the Dutch top scorer of all time, now stands at 91 goals after 107 international matches.
Despite several life-size opportunities for Roord, among others, it eventually remained at 12-0, equaling the record from 1977, when the women’s football won with the same numbers from Israel.
Damaris Egurrola makes her debut for Orange.
In the Netherlands, which took office without the injured Lieke Martens and Daniëlle van de Donk, Damaris Egurrola made her debut in the 67th minute. The 22-year-old midfielder came on the field for the nine-year-older record international Spitse, whom she could eventually succeed as controller.
Egurrola, who plays for Lyon, was born in the United States and grew up in Spain, but this year chose to play for the Netherlands. Her mother, born in Groningen, of course, watched with moist eyes from the stands when her daughter was allowed to enter the field. Her Basque father also barely kept it dry.
Although there was a lot of laughter in the Euroberg, Parsons must realize that the match against the football dwarf from southern Europe had little value with a view to the European Championship next summer. On Tuesday, the reigning European champions will practice in The Hague against South Africa, which is 57th in the FIFA ranking. In June there will be an exhibition game against a top opponent, Sarina Wiegman’s England. In the group stage of the European Championship, the Netherlands will meet Sweden and Switzerland. UEFA has yet to decide on the participation of Russia, the third country in the group.