Netherlands book World Cup final showdown with USA

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Netherland women celebrating a goal against Sweden at the Semi-final of the 2019 Women's World Cup

European champions the Netherlands will take on the USA in the final of the World Cup, after a narrow 1-0 victory over Sweden in their semi-final.

Jackie Groenen’s pinpoint strike in extra-time was the difference, after both sides played out a 0-0 goalless draw in 90 minutes.

A  defensively-minded approach from both sides forced extra-time and the Netherlands stole the advantage thanks to a flowing move in the 99th minute.

The goal came as a bitter blow to Sweden who will feel they should have had a penalty in normal time.

Sweden found another gear after going behind, but were unable to break down a stubborn Netherlands’ defence.

There were worrying scenes in the final moments when Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani was stretchered off with suspected concussion, forcing the Swedes to push for a late winner with ten players.

But, it was not to be for Sweden, who will now take on England in the third place play-off on Saturday.

The Netherlands, on the other hand, have the chance to add the World Cup to their European Championship triumph.

The USA will be the favourites after a brilliant tournament, with Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais set to host the final on Sunday.