Finland lost 2-0. We will go to the European Championships with one win from the last nine games.
Finland the women’s national football team succumbed to a 0–2 defeat in an away match against the Netherlands in Enschede. The match was Finland’s last before the EC final tournament starting next week in England.
Holland’s goals were completed by the team’s superstar, considered one of the best strikers of all time in women’s football Vivianne Miedema. He scored his first in the 30th minute and the second, the 94th international goal of his career, in the 70th minute of the match. The national match was Miedema’s 111th career, so the pace in the orange shirt has been wild.
Finland started the game with almost the same starting line-up as on Monday in Turku against Japan, but they came to the defense Nora Heroum and Natalia Kuikan in place of Tuija Hyyrynen and Elli Pikkujämsä. Experienced Hyyrynen was not in the lineup when Finland lost to Japan 1–5 in Turku.
Reigning European champion Holland has not necessarily been at its sharpest since its 2017 championship, but in February it beat Helmarit 3–0 and, with its few stars, is potentially dangerous even in the European Championship in England.
Finland largely kept up with Holland, who opened with their number one lineup, quite well, but Miedema’s cool finishes and Finland’s ineffectiveness brought a defeat in the EC warm-up.
Helmarien In an interview published on Twitter, the attacker San Francisco comment on the game.
“We played well, it was a good performance, a lot of good things, but the 2-0 loss feels bitter. We should be able to defend better against these countries, and we didn’t score goals from places, we have to rock that.”
Franssi felt sharp in the game, but “maybe the last stroke in the box left me exhausted”.
Finland has won only one of its last nine matches, and that victory also came from the World Cup qualifiers in Georgia. In the EC final tournament, the opposition will not be easy, as Spain, Denmark and Germany will face each other in the rock-hard first group. The EC games will start in Helmari on Friday with a match against Spain in Milton Keynes.
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