NED vs NZ: The qualification to the world cup was just a formality for the New Zealanders, or it was their utter dominance over their rivals which forced us to think that way. A staggering 43 goals were scored in just five games in the OFC Women’s cup, with Football Ferns winning the competition for the 4tf consecutive time.
The Netherlands needed a playoff to secure a berth in the world cup, just like the last time. And for the 2nd consecutive time, the Dutch held onto their nerves, beating both Denmark and Switzerland by an 8-2 aggregate scoreline.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup match will be played between New Zealand and the Netherlands at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France. The ground has a capacity of 25,181.
The game will start at 06:30 PM (IST), on Tuesday, June 11.
New Zealand Team News
- Goalkeepers: Victoria Esson, Erin Nayler, Nadia Olla
- Defenders: CJ Bott, Abby Erceg, Anna Green, Sarah Morton, Ali Riley, Stephanie Skilton, Rebekah Stott, Ria Percival
- Midfielders: Katie Bowen, Olivia Chance, Daisy Cleverley, Katie Duncan, Annalie Longo, Betsy Hassett
- Forwards: Sarah Gregorius, Emma Kete, Paige Satchell, Rosie White, Hannah Wilkinson
Netherlands squad for the world cup:
- Goalkeepers: Loes Geurts, Lize Kop, Sari van Veenendaal
- Defenders: Dominique Bloodworth, Anouk Dekker, Danique Kerkdijk, Stefanie van der Gragt, Liza van der Most, Merel van Dongen, Kika van Es, Desiree van Lunteren
- Midfielders: Jackie Groenen, Inessa Kaagman, Victoria Pelova, Jill Roord, Sherida Spitse, Danielle van de Donk
- Forwards: Lineth Beerensteyn, Ellen Jansen, Renate Jansen, Lieke Martens, Vivianne Miedema, Shanice van de Sanden