Netherlands to play USA in Women’s World Cup final

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The Netherlands face the United States in the championship game on Sunday.

But then, in the 99th minute, Groenen sent a handsome, low-flying shot across Hedvig Lindahl's goal that tucked in just behind the far post.

Sweden and England will be taking on each other in the 3rd/4th place match on July 6.

The two European teams will compete for a spot in the final against the United States of America on Sunday. We are going to do our best and give everything to try and win it.

The victor will go through to the final on Sunday against holders the United States, who beat England 2-1 in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

The game marked the first time ever a Women's World Cup semifinal match needed extra time.

There were few chances in the first half as both Sweden and the Netherlands took a very cautious approach to the contest working harder not to lose it rather than trying and win it. The model correctly predicted the stunning Japan-Argentina draw (+825) - a more than 8-1 long shot - and is coming off an impressive round of 16 performance in which it called Sweden upsetting Canada, USA beating Spain and the Netherlands' dramatic win over Japan in regulation. We really played until the last minute.

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But the goalkeepers wouldn't be relied on for a penalty shootout. The match is set for 12:30 p.m. ET from Roazhon Park in Rennes. It made for a boring first half.

The Swedes were on the front foot in the early exchanges of the second stanza and they nearly found the breakthrough two minutes before the hour-mark as Nilla Fischer rattled the frame of the goal from close range. "A feeling of emptiness really", said Sweden manager Peter Gerhardsson after the game. "I'm so happy to be able to make that goal". "It was tough to lose this way". Jackie Groenen scored in the 99th minute of play.

Shanice van de Sanden came on for the Netherlands and her pace was immediately noticeable.

But the Netherlands did get their goal and it came through Jackie Groenen. - No side have lost more Women's World Cup semi-final matches than Sweden, with this their third loss in four such games in the competition (USA also three). Sweden pushed for the equalizer, but never did generate a good opportunity.

The second semifinal was no match for the drama, tension and high energy of the previous night when the US beat England 2-1. "I can't even believe it yet".

"It might have been tiredness. players hitting the ball when they find themselves in a position they shouldn't be in".

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