- Netherlands defeated Denmark 4-2
- Martens was the best player of the tournament
- This was Netherland’s first major international trophy
Holland 4 (Miedema 10′, 89′, Martens 28′, Spitse 51′) – 2 (Nadim 6′ pen, Harder 33′) Denmark
The Netherlands trumped Denmark in the final of the Women European Championship after a thrilling victory by 4-2 on home soil. A brace by Vivianne Miedema saw the hosts become only the fourth nation to win the women’s European Championship since its inception in 1984 and also handed them their first major international title.
Underdogs Denmark surprised the Dutch as they took the lead through a Nadia Nadim penalty after just five minutes into the match. Sarah Troelsgaard managed to successfully fool the referee with a blatant dive to hand Denmark their chance to go into the lead which was confidently buried by Nadim. Netherlands, however, should their class as Miedema slammed home Shanice van de Sanden’s superb squared pass to peg the score at 1-1.The match ping-ponged again as Lieke Martens put the hosts ahead with a precise 20-yard finish only for Denmark’s Pernille Harder to slot in the leveler soon after. Netherlands captain Sherida Spitse blasted in a free-kick to make it 3-2 and Miedema got her second late into the match to seal a historic triumph.
Lieke Martens who plays for Barcelona was deservedly awarded the Player of the Tournament. Taylor ended up winning the golden boot as the top scorer in the tournament.
This was the perfect ending to the tournament, having the hosts win it. While the men’s team struggle to qualify for tournaments today, the women did the country proud by achieving the unimaginable. They were a pleasure to watch and were absolutely stunning throughout.