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Oranje make history with second-half headers

The Netherlands scored twice in the second half to see off Italy in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.

Vivianne Miedema' celebrates her goal against Italy.
Vivianne Miedema' celebrates her goal against Italy.

VIVIANNE MIEDEMA AND Stefanie van der Gragt headed the Netherlands to a 2-0 win over Italy and into the Women’s World Cup semi-finals for the first time this afternoon.

Arsenal forward Miedema and defender Van der Gragt nodded in a pair of Sherida Spitse free-kicks in the space of 10 second-half minutes to break the stubborn Azzurre resistance.

The second strike extended Netherlands’ tournament-high haul of headed goals to five and confirmed their passage into the final four, where they will face either Germany or Sweden.

Clear-cut chances had been rare throughout a match played in stifling heat in Valenciennes but Sarina Wiegman’s side established control after half-time and were worthy winners in the end.

The Dutch will face the winners of Germany and Sweden, who play this evening, in the last four. 

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