France 1-0 Netherlands: Les Bleues tee up Women’s Euros semi-final clash with Germany as holders crash out

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Curse lifted: France will play Germany in the semi-finals of Women’s Euro 2022  (AP)
Curse lifted: France will play Germany in the semi-finals of Women’s Euro 2022 (AP)

France have reached the semi-finals of the Women’s European Championship for the very first time after a deserved extra-time victory over holders the Netherlands.

Les Bleues dominated Saturday’s fourth and final quarter-final contest in Rotherham and created hatfuls of great chances, but found Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar and former Ajax centre-back Stefanie van der Gragt in inspired form.

With a thorougly one-sided Euro 2022 contest still level after 90 minutes at the New York Stadium, France required a penalty from new Chelsea full-back Eve Perisset to break such stubborn resistance and finally end their quarter-final hoodoo in this competition.

Now standing between Corinne Diacre’s side and a place in next Sunday’s Wembley final is Germany in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, with the latter having seen off neighbours Austria 2-0 in their own last-eight clash.

The other semi-final will be contested between hosts England and Sweden on Tuesday night.

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