- Title: Competitive Euro final important for women's football - Wiegman
- Date: 6th August 2017
- Summary: ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS (AUGUST 6, 2017) (REUTERS) DUTCH COACH, SARINA WIEGMAN, ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) DUTCH COACH, SARINA WIEGMAN, SAYING: "There were two teams that really wanted to play football, play ball possession and really wanted to win - though that's logical in the final - but a match with six goals, that's very important for women's football as well. We both played attractive, good football, it was an open match, we got the better ones eventually, but Denmark also showed that they have got a lot of qualities in this final, (Nadia) Nadim, (Pernille) Harder, and all the others who kept up the pressure, so I think for the audience it was a great evening and for us as well!" NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) DUTCH COACH, SARINA WIEGMAN, SAYING: "And what next? Well, I think this tournament gave an enormous boost to women's football in general, and we are first going to celebrate and then we are going to get ready for the World cup qualifiers, which are coming up next." JOURNALISTS LISTENING DANISH COACH, NILS NIELSEN, ARRIVING TO THE NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANISH COACH, NILS NIELSEN, SAYING: "It was two teams trying with everything they had to score enough goals to win. The Dutch team scored more goals than us, and to be quite honest the Dutch team was the best team in the tournament, so they actually become champions very well deserved I think. It's not easy to play at home, it's so easy to disappoint everybody, but they didn't, they performed so well and I think the Dutch should be very proud of their team." NIELSEN LEAVING THE NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 20th August 2017 20:36
- Keywords: Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 coaches news conference Sarina Wiegman Nils Nielsen women's European Championship
- Location: ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS
- City: ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS
- Country: Netherlands
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T0Q7GF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Vivianne Miedema scored twice as hosts Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 on Sunday (August 6) to become only the fourth nation to win the women's European Championship since its inception in 1984.
Underdogs Denmark took the lead through a Nadia Nadim penalty after just five minutes of the final, but the Dutch struck back quickly, Miedema slamming home Shanice van de Sanden's superb squared pass.
Lieke Martens then put the home side in front by curling in a bouncing shot, but Pernille Harder equalised before the break, cutting in from the right and rifling the ball home with her left foot.
The Dutch would not be denied however, and Sherida Spitse scored a free kick early in the second half before Miedema put the result beyond doubt with a brilliant run and finish in the 89th minute.
Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman told reporters that the open encounter was an important moment for women's football while Danish coach Nils Nielsen said the hosts were deserving champions.
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