Spain vs Netherlands, Women’s World Cup 2023 quarter final

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Oihane Hernandez of Spain is shown a yellow card by Referee Stephanie Frappart after fouling on Jackie Groenen of Netherlands during the match in Wellington, New Zealand on August 11. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Spain has dominated the first half, keeping pressure on their offensive third — but have failed to convert one of their many attempts on goal.

The Spanish appeared to take the lead through captain Esther Gonzalez but a VAR review determined she was offside.

That came after Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar earlier tipped a header from Alba Redondo onto the post. The Spanish striker then hit the upright again with her follow-up shot.

The Netherlands are often getting overrun in midfield as Spain’s passing game leaves them chasing shadows at times.

That said, the Dutch have had a few good moments and will be thankful they are still in the game.

The Oranje should have done better from a gorgeous Lineth Beerensteyn cross from the left that was just begging to be headed home — but no-one connected.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Oihane Hernandez received a yellow card for leaving her foot on Jackie Groenen — she’ll miss the semifinals should La Roja progress.


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