Women's World Cup| Netherlands advances to the semi-final for the first time
The Netherlands today advanced to the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup for the first time.
The historic achievement was secured thanks to two second-half goals that completed a 2-0 victory over Italy in their quarter-finals game played in Valenciennes.
Vivianne Miedema, the Netherlands' all-time leading scorer, netted her 61st international goal with a glancing header from a free-kick taken by Sherida Spitse.
Stefanie van der Gragt sealed her team’s place in the last four when she powered home another Spitse free-kick.
The Netherlands, who are the current European champions, will face Germany or Sweden in the semi-final.
Defending champions, the United States booked their spot in the last four yesterday with a 2-1 victory over host nation France.