On 25th June 1988, the Dutch men’s football team beat the Soviet Union to raise the Euro: the country’s first major international trophy. It’s been 29 long years, but the Dutch women’s team have just doubled that trophy count.
In an electrifying final, the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 with two goals from Miedema, and one each from Martens and Spitse. Liverpool’s Shanice van de Sanden provided the assist on the first Dutch equaliser: an excellent cross to Miedema who had no trouble slotting it home.
With two goals apiece in the first half, it was difficult to predict which team was going to lift the trophy — especially as both continued to look dangerous throughout. In the end, however, a second superb strike from Miedema finished the game off and the Dutch became the fourth country to win the women’s Euros since the tournament began in 1984.
Van de Sanden took time away from the evening celebrations (it’s pretty nice winning trophies at home) to talk about just how important this victory is.
”We are European Champions,” she said. “We gave everything tonight. I must compliment our supporters. This is the dream of all of us.”
"I'm so emotional and I'm so proud of all my girls, the staff and the whole squad. This is amazing. Just listen to our supporters, brilliant!
"I think this is the biggest thing that can happen for women's football but now we will enjoy it."
Van de Sanden will be back in Liverpool colours in September 2017 when the FA Women’s Super League kicks off.