#WEURO2021 Qualifiers: Netherlands and Norway overcome early deficits

Netherlands' two-goal Sherida Spitse
Sherida Spitse’s late double sealed victory for the Dutch. (Photo: Charlotte Wilson for FA)

Midweek matches in the UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifying round saw Netherlands and Norway both have to fightback to take the points.

Group A – Dutch win from behind

Netherlands made it three wins from three after coming through a testing tie 4-2 in Slovenia, whose Mateja Zver had scored first and Kaja Korošec levelled at 2-2 with a quarter of the game remaining. Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema and Lineth Beerensteyn were on target for the Dutch before Sherida Spitse struck twice in the last dozen minutes.

Elsewhere, Turkey versus Estonia ended goalless as they both gained a first point.

Group B – Italy leave it late in Malta

Denmark and Italy both won 2-0 to each make in maximum points from three games, the Danes leading the group on goal-difference after seeing off Bosnia & Herzegovina with strikes from Stine Pederson and Sanne Troelsgaard. Italy’s Elisa Bartoli broke the deadlock in Malta on 69 minutes and the points were only sealed in added time by Cristiana Girelli’s penalty.

Group C – Norway replace Wales as leaders

Although Norway posted a 7-1 result in Belarus, they had to come from behind as Isabel Herlovsen’s brace and a Maria Thorisdottir effort in the last 9 minutes of the half gave them a 3-1 interval lead after Anastasia Shcherbachenia opened for the hosts. Caroline Graham Hansen scored twice in the second half, with one each for Chelsea’s Guro Reiten and Reading’s Lisa-Marie Utland.

Group D – Record crowd for Spain 

Spain had a 10,444 crowd as they made a winning start to their campaign with 4-0 a result over Azerbaijan. Aitana Bonmati bagged a second-half brace to add to efforts by Patricia Guijarro and Virginia Torrecilla.

Group E – Silva’s golden goal

Jéssica Silva’s 16th-minute goal was enough to earn Portugal all three points in Albania, putting them goal-difference behind Scotland and Finland after a single match each.

Group F – Five-goal Sweden go first

Chelsea’s Magda Ericsson head Sweden ahead in Hungary at half-time on the way to a 5-0 scoreline, Madelen Janogy quickly added a double and there were stoppage-time goals from Sofia Jakobsson and Loretta Kulashi.

Karina Miksone scored an early goal for Latvia and Marija Ibragimova saved a penalty but they still went down 2-1 at home to Slovakia, for whom Patrícia Hmírová and Jana Vojteková replied.

Group G – North Macedonia off the mark

North Macedonia defeated Kazakhstan 4-1 with two apiece for Gentjana Rochi and Natasha Andonova, despite a second caution for Julija Zivikj.

Group H – Second win for Swiss 

Switzerland took over top spot from Belgium withy a 3-0 win in Lithuania, where Rahel Kiwic and Ana-Maria Crnogorčević netted and there was an own goal by Vestina Neverdauskaitė.

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