England women’s football team beat Netherlands 1-0
The England women’s football team beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a close match on Sunday, moving them closer to automatically qualifying for Euro 2013.
Arsenal midfielder Rachel Yankey scored the winning goal from a 20 yard free-kick, after a foul on Fara Williams in the 67th minute.
The England team’s coach Hope Powell said, “We’re in the driving seat and that’s where we feel we should be. But it’s very important that we don’t slip up now, we have to see the job through and we can’t take any team for granted.”
Their victory puts the England women just two points behind the Netherlands at the top of Group six, but with one game in hand.
England’s final two matches are against Slovenia and Croatia – currently bottom of the group – putting the women in a promising position to automatically qualify for a place at the Euro 2013 finals in Sweden.
Conceding that her team had not played their best match, Powell described the narrow victory as “a scruffy game”, in which England “were average in the first half.”
Nevertheless, the England women became more dominant in the second half, with Yankey’s free kick catching the Dutch defence off guard.
England goalkeeper Rachel Brown was kept busy, with Netherlands midfielder Anouk Hoogendijk almost equalising just a minute later, and a number of close shots from the Dutch women throughout the game.
England’s next qualifying match, against Slovenia, will take place on 21st June.