Two first-time finalists will on Sunday make their way out of the FC Twente Stadion dugout in Enschede for the final of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017, with both looking to make the night a historic one for their country.
Either hosts the Netherlands or Denmark – both emerging from Group A – will become the fourth different Women’s EURO champions after what is expected to be an intense game.
Like it has been since the opening match, the Netherlands will have the massive backing of their fans on the night but asides that, their very impressive performance has seen them maintain a perfect run of five wins from five matches conceding just one goal.
Denmark, on the other hand, have only lost once in their journey to the final and coincidentally, that defeat was at the hands of the Netherlands in the group stage. The game ended 1-0 with Sherida Spitse scoring from the penalty spot.
However, compared to the Dutch, the Danes have a longer history with the tournament, making it to five semi finals and finally crossing that hurdle on their sixth attempt. Meanwhile, this is the Netherlands only third appearance since they made their debut in 2009.
The combination of Lieke Martens, Vivienne Miedema and Shanice van de Sanden for the Oranje have been a constant threat to opponents. Then there is Sari van Veenendaal who has been solid in between the sticks for the hosts.
For the Danish side, Captain Pernille Harder has indeed been leading by example. Nadia Nadim and Stine Larsen are two other key players that have also helped them come this far. Their victory over eight-time Champions Germany is also expected to come in handy as some form of inspiration.
Time for the final is 17:00 CET and there would be a sold-out crowd to witness the showpiece.