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France are celebrating reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s European Championship for the very first time. Les Bleues will face Germany in Milton Keynes on Wednesday evening for a place at Wembley after deservedly dumping out the holders at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.
It was Chelsea full-back Eve Perisset’s extra-time penalty that eventually settled a heavyweight Euro 2022 quarter-final affair in South Yorkshire, awarded after a VAR check following Dominique Janssen’s foul on Kadidiatou Diani. That decisive effort came after France had dominated proceedings, creating scores of brilliant chances but failing to break the deadlock.
The Dutch welcomed back Arsenal legend Vivianne Miedema for Saturday’s contest, but it was the heroics of goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar and defender Stefanie van der Gragt that almost forced the lottery of a penalty shootout despite a thoroughly one-sided affair. However, the French ultimately retained their composure to end their quarter-final curse in this competition at long last.
France vs Netherlands latest news
GOAL! Perisset scores extra-time penalty
Kick-off: 8pm BST, New York Stadium
Team news: Dutch boosted by Miedema return
Team news: French make five changes
Prediction: Netherlands to win 2-1
France 1 - 0 Netherlands
22:47 , George Flood
So France finally end their Euros quarter-final curse thanks to Eve Perisset’s extra-time penalty and seal a last-four date with Germany in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.
The holders crash out in the quarters, but can have no complaints. They were firmly second-best on the night.
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France 1-0 Netherlands
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120 mins: Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of extra-time.
The Netherlands are pushing for an unlikely equaliser, while there’s a brief VAR penalty check for the Dutch.
‘Keeper Van Domselaar is up for a last-gasp free-kick...
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115 mins: Damaris Egurrola is the Netherlands’ last desperate throw of the dice as the Orlando-born former Spain youth international, who plays her club football in France with Lyon, replaces Wilms.
France really should have a second goal by now as they continue to rack up the chances.
But luckily for them, it looks like one goal will be more than enough to progress and end their last-eight hoodoo.
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110 mins: France are certainly not resting on their laurels here, pushing for that all-important second goal with the likes of Bacha, Sarr and Mateo eager to prove their worth ahead of that potential semi-final against Germany in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.
The Netherlands look beaten.
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107 mins: Sarr is straight into the action and has two decent chances to put this game totally beyond the Netherlands, with her first effort trickling agonisingly beyond the far post.
1-0 it remains, with time running out for the holders...
22:17 , George Flood
Right then, 15 minutes left for the holders to rescue this and stop France from reaching their maiden Euros semi-final.
Sarr and Palis are both on for France, replacing Diani and Toletti.
The Dutch send on Leuchter and Nouwen for Spitse and Casparij.
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104 mins: France are looking for that killer blow now, with Bacha and fellow substitute Clara Mateo - a replacement for Geyoro - the architects.
The Dutch look very tired approaching half-time in extra-time, particularly at the back.
Do they have anything left? They need to go all-out attack.
GOAL! France 1-0 Netherlands | Eve Perisset (pen) 102'
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102 mins: Van Domselaar guesses the right way and gets her fingers to the penalty, but it’s not enough to keep it out.
France lead at long last! Will that prove to be the winning goal?
Janssen went into the book for that challenge by the way, and a frustrated Miedema has now been yellow carded for a poor challenge on Bacha.
Penalty to France
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100 mins: After a couple of watches, Martincic does indeed point to the spot.
Chelsea right-back Perisset steps up...
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99 mins: Surely that’s a penalty to France!
Janssen slides in on Diani and gets absolutely none of the ball.
Referee Martincic doesn’t give it, but there’s a swift VAR check and she’s told to consult the pitchside monitor.
This won’t take long...
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97 mins: Miedema inexplicably passes the ball straight to Bacha, who needs no second invitation to drive forward and unleash a powerful drive that whistles over the crossbar.
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94 mins: France are forced onto the defensive as a deep cross is headed back inside to Miedema, who tries desperately to create space for the shot but is fantastically marshalled by Renard.
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We are off and running in the first period of extra-time at the New York Stadium, where tonight’s attendance is just under 10,000.
Does another Euros penalty shootout loom between these two heavyweights?
Watch: Van Domselaar heroics deny France last-gasp winner
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ALMOST! France are denied a last-gasp winner. 😲
Daphne van Domselaar ensures an extra 30 minutes for the Dutch to try and overcome France.
Wendie Renard can't believe it!
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End of 90 minutes
21:52 , George Flood
Thanks largely to Van Domselaar and Van der Gragt, extra-time it is in Rotherham.
France dominated that 90 minutes and created a boatload of decent chances, but once again they fail to score in the second half.
You’re starting to get the feeling that this may not be their night...
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94 mins: Another chance for France deep into stoppage time, with Cascarino working Van Domselaar after beating Casparij all ends up.
The flying Van Domselaar then somehow tips Renard’s header wide from the resulting corner!
More late heroics from the Dutch goalkeeper.
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89 mins: A couple of forays forward from the Dutch in the last few minutes, but both times they were effectively crowded out, despite Miedema’s best efforts.
France continue to push, but Bacha hesitates and Diani then commits a foul at an inopportune moment.
Three minutes of added time signalled at the end of the 90.
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86 mins: Oh my word! How has that not gone in?!
France look sure to finally net the winning goal that their efforts tonight certainly merit.
It’s another surging run from the impressive Bacha, with Cascarino delivering a fine cross for Geyoro, who somehow heads wide at the back post.
What. A. Chance. She’ll be kicking herself after that.
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80 mins: Into the final 10 minutes at the New York Stadium, where extra-time is looming.
A wild Roord effort goes out for a throw-in after the Netherlands venture forward, but her blushes are spared by the offside flag.
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74 mins: The livewire Bacha earns and takes a free-kick that is dangerously floated into the box for France and Lyon captain Renard, who can’t guide her header on target.
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70 mins: Van der Gragt - who is without a club at the moment after leaving Ajax last month - goes into the book for deliberately stopping Peyraud-Magnin from launching a quick French counter.
Netherlands boss Parsons then makes his second change of the night, with teenage PSV forward Esmee Brugts replacing Van de Donk.
Can her introduction spark this rather lethargic Dutch attack into life? They will be hoping for a similar impact to that of fellow youngster Bacha in blue.
21:27 , George Flood
68 mins: France continue to turn the screw, but still Van Domselaar, Van der Gragt and Co stand defiant and resolute.
It’s been a very disappointing performance indeed from the Netherlands so far, but you can’t quibble with their commitment in defence.
Corners for both sides are easily plucked out of the air by the respective goalkeepers.
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65 mins: Now Van Domselaar plays the role of Dutch hero again, first denying Bacha and then at full stretch to keep out Renard’s effort from a corner.
France are well on top once again, but still they can’t find a way through!
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63 mins: Van der Gragt has been far and away the Netherlands’ most important player tonight.
Two more key contributions frustrate France, who are getting a lot from the exciting Bacha already.
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60 mins: With an hour gone and the deadlock still to be broken, French boss Corinne Diacre looks to her bench for the first time tonight.
Replacing Malard is 21-year-old Lyon winger Selma Bacha.
No out-and-out centre-forward on the pitch now for France.
21:17 , George Flood
58 mins: Much better from the Netherlands in the last few minutes.
Growing into this game at last, they gather some momentum and apply more pressure, with Peyraud-Magnin equal to Van der Gragt’s hard-earned header after the Dutch defender had risen above Mbock Bathy at a corner.
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54 mins: Brighter from the Dutch as Casparij comes down the left and earns a corner.
After some clever blocking from Van de Donk, Miedema shrugs off Karchaoui but fires over.
First chance of the night for the Arsenal legend.
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51 mins: What a run by Cascarino, who, like Diani, is giving this Dutch defence a torrid time.
She beats two players before delivering an enticing cross towards Diani that is crucially knocked away by Janssen.
A reminder that France have yet to score in the second half of any match in this competition...
21:06 , George Flood
48 mins: End-to-end stuff at the start of this second 45, but both defences alert and on top for the moment.
Diani still a major threat for the French.
It looks like Van de Donk has moved out right for the Netherlands following Beerensteyn’s withdrawal, with Roord playing as the No10.
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Back underway in Rotherham.
Can France finally turn their dominance into goals, or will the Dutch gain a foothold?
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Jill Roord’s omission was a major talking point before this game following her criticism of coach Parsons in the Dutch press in midweek.
She’s being introduced at half-time however, with Beerensteyn withdrawn.
Watch: France denied by goal-line clearance
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Some heroic defending from former Ajax defender Stefanie van der Gragt in that thoroughly one-sided first half...
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20:51 , George Flood
It’s been all France, but they are yet to take the lead despite a hatful of great chances.
The holders will be delighted to get in at the interval without conceding, thanks largely to Van der Gragt and Van Domselaar.
Miedema hasn’t been in the game.
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France 0-0 Netherlands
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43 mins: Dominant France have some defending to do before the interval, with Renard easily heading clear a Spitse free-kick after Beerensteyn is brought down by Geyoro.
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41 mins: Action at both ends as this first half draws to an exciting conclusion.
Geyoro and Malard are brilliantly denied by Van der Gragt and Janssen, with the Dutch mounting a rare attack in between those latest French chances.
Some brief shouts for handball against Van der Gragt, but there’s no VAR check on that crucial latest block.
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39 mins: PSG forward Diani has been superb for France so far tonight, causing major issues with her speed, skill and strength on the ball.
Another excellent run is unfairly thwarted by Groenen, who is very fortunate indeed to avoid a yellow card from Croatian referee Martincic.
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35 mins: France are somehow denied again!
Another error is seized upon and the tricky Diani is away once more.
She gets to the byline and lays it on a plate for Malard, who must score but her strike is blocked on the line by Van der Gragt.
Superb last-ditch defending to keep the Dutch level.
Watch: Cascarino hits the post for France
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The closest we’ve come to a goal so far in Rotherham...
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30 mins: Lyon midfielder Cascarino shows great strength inside her own penalty area to snuff out a brief Dutch chance.
Netherlands coach Parsons may already be thinking about a change in system or personnel here.
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28 mins: Post!
How is this still 0-0?
The Netherlands fail to clear their lines following another French corner and Cascarino ends up crashing an excellently-struck volley against the base of the post.
A real let-off for the holders.
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25 mins: Karchaoui requires some attention after rough treatment from Van de Donk.
France are on the attack once again after Van de Donk is caught in possession, with Geyoro teeing up Malard, whose shot is wide.
The Netherlands are conceding possession time and time again, with Miedema - who doesn’t look fully fit - cutting a very isolated figure up front at present.
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22 mins: A huge chance for France goes begging!
It’s a loose touch from Wilms as she tries to keep Malard at bay following a searching Diani cross, with Toletti then losing her composure as she blasts well wide.
That was a great opportunity to break the deadlock.
The holders need to sharpen up here.
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19 mins: Van Domselaar keeps France at bay once more as Cascarino cuts inside onto her favoured foot before unleashing a powerful effort that is parried by the Twente ‘keeper.
The French are growing in confidence and look a real handful coming forward. They have dominated much of this opening 20 minutes.
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16 mins: Both goalkeepers are called into action in quick succession, with Peyraud-Magnin agile as she deals with a testing cross.
Van Domselaar then does brilliantly to palm Janssen’s mishit clearance away from danger, before holding a hopeful strike from Bilbault.
This contest is starting to bubble away nicely, with the Dutch once again looking somewhat fragile in defence.
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14 mins: A tame header then flies off target from the resulting corner but France are swiftly mounting a dangerous counter-attack.
The Dutch commit too many players forward and are almost made to pay the price as Diani sprints forward before producing a low drive that is held by Van Domselaar.
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11 mins: The dangerous Karchaoui is scythed down by Groenen, allowing France the opportunity to swing a free-kick into the box from the left.
Miedema shows her value back inside her own penalty area as she rises at the back post to head the delivery behind and thwart Malard.
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8 mins: Spitse is lucky to avoid receiving the game’s first caution for a wild challenge in the middle of the park.
The experienced Ajax midfielder then sees a weak low shot deflected wide after good link-up play involving Miedema on the edge of the French penalty area.
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5 mins: The Dutch gain a foothold and it’s a great run and turn from Casparij down that left flank.
She leaves Perisset trailing and grasping at her shirt before delivering a dangerous cross towards Beerensteyn, with French goalkeeper Peyraud-Magnin having to be alert to stop Karchaoui’s header from going into her own net.
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2 mins: A fast start from France, who have come racing out of the blocks.
They are pressing with high intensity from the off, dominating possession and forcing the Dutch into sloppy early errors.
Diani threads a nice pass into the box for Geyoro, who can’t get proper purchase on a low strike and goalkeeper Van Domselaar gratefully gathers.
20:01 , George Flood
‘Wilhelmus’ and ‘La Marseillaise’ belted out, it’s time for proceedings to get underway in this fourth and final Women’s Euro 2022 quarter-final.
Croatia’s Ivana Martincic is the referee this evening, with both teams wearing their classic home colours.
The Dutch all in orange and France all in blue.
Here we go. A place in the semi-finals against Germany in Milton Keynes on Wednesday awaits.
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The teams emerge to a great reception from this excited crowd in South Yorkshire, who are eager to see a potential classic between these two heavyweights.
It’s time for the national anthems, with the Dutch up first...
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Final preparations in Rotherham...
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Some big selection calls from the holders, in addition to Miedema’s welcome return.
Victoria Pelova earns her first start of the competition after scoring off the bench against Switzerland last weekend.
Jill Roord and Aniek Nouwen both drop to the bench, with Lieke Martens out injured.
Dominique Janssen moves inside to central defence and Kerstin Casparij starts at left-back.
19:29 , Giuseppe Muro
France make five changes following their draw with Iceland in the final group game, with Eve Perisset, Griedge Mbock Bathy, Sakina Karchaoui, Grace Geyoro and Delphine Cascarino returning to the side.
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So, as expected, Netherlands are boosted by the return of Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema.
"She’s feeling good,” says Dutch boss Mark Parsons, speaking ahead of the game.
“She’s had three good days of training. A massive boost for us. You know Viv, there was no chance of her missing this game.”
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France XI: Peyraud-Magnin, Katoto, Mbock Bathy, Renard, Karchaoui, Geyoro, Bilbault, Toletti, Diani, Malard, Cascarino.
Netherlands XI: Van Domselaar, Wilms, Van der Gragt, Janssen, Casparij, Groenen, Van de Donk, Spitse, Beerensteyn, Miedema, Pelova.
18:56 , Giuseppe Muro
Team news is coming up.
Meanwhile, it’s a sea of orange outside the New York Stadium...
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France are ranked third in the world, with the Dutch fourth. The winner faces Germany in the Milton Keynes next Wednesday.
— UEFA Women's EURO 2022 (@WEURO2022) July 23, 2022
18:48 , Giuseppe Muro
Both France and Holland won two of their group games, drawing the other one.
France boss Corinne Diacre has been speaking ahead of tonight’s game: “We are in a different scenario to the three group games. We approach it calmly - on the other hand, with a sledgehammer as it is absolutely necessary to win this match.
“We expect a match from two committed sides, but a game that is also open, where both teams want to score goals. I hope it will be an interesting spectacle for the supporters.”
18:35 , Giuseppe Muro
Both managers are under considerable pressure to reach the semi-finals.
Corinne Diacre divides opinion in France, while Surrey-born Mark Parsons is faced with the task of emulating the achievements of his predecessor, Sarina Wiegman, now in charge of England.
Parsons took over with a fine track record from the United States, where he managed Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns.
But Wiegman set the bar rather high by leading her home country to glory in 2017 and the final of the 2019 World Cup in France.
18:20 , Giuseppe Muro
The fourth, and final, Euro 2022 quarter-final has the potential to be the game of the tournament so far.
Netherlands boss Mark Parsons says he is still waiting for a "goosebumps" performance from his side and the return of Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema could just give them the edge.
The Netherlands to win 2-1.
18:13 , Giuseppe Muro
Dutch fans are gathering in their numbers in Rotherham with just under two hours until kick-off...
Early team news
18:06 , Giuseppe Muro
Holland are boosted by the return of Vivianne Miedema after a bout of Covid.
The Dutch will be without Lieke Martens, who was player of the tournament as they won Euro 2017. She suffered a foot injury in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Switzerland has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
France must cope without their free-scoring Paris Saint-Germain striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who ruptured a cruciate ligament in the group match against Belgium.
How to watch
17:56 , Giuseppe Muro
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 7.30pm before kick-off at 8pm.
Live stream: The BBC will stream the match for free via their Sport website and iPlayer service.
17:54 , Giuseppe Muro
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the Euro 2022 quarter-final between France and Holland.
Kick-off is at 8pm BST - so a little over two hours - at the New York Stadium in Rotherham, so stick with us.