Switzerland and the Netherlands advance to final play-off for UEFA’s final World Cup berth

Switzerland and the Netherlands will meet in a home-and-away series in November for the final spot

Ana Crnogorčević and Switzerland are still in contention for UEFA's final World Cup spot. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

Switzerland and the Netherlands have advanced to the finals of the UEFA play-offs for the federation’s final spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The home-and-away series will take place between November 5 and 13.

Switzerland and Portland Thorns FC’s Ana Crnogorčević moved past Belgium with a pair of draws, 1-1 at home on Tuesday, and a 2-2 hard-fought road draw on Friday that gave Switzerland the road goals edge they needed to win the semifinal play-off.

The Netherlands advanced past Seattle Reign FC defender Theresa Nielsen and Denmark with a 2-0 home win on Friday and a 2-1 road win on Tuesday. The matchup was a rematch of the 2017 Euro final, also won by the Netherlands.

Fifteen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Thailand.