Portland Thorns FC forward Nadia Nadim scored the opening goal for Denmark at the Euro 2017 final, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Netherlands who won their first ever title on Sunday. The Dutch won 4-2 in front of a home crowd of 28,182 in Enschede, a new Netherlands record for attendance at a women’s match.
Striker Vivianne Miedema scored twice for the Netherlands, including a goal in the 89th minute to seal the win. Lieke Martens was named Player of the Tournament.
Denmark was missing Washington Spirit midfielder Line Sigvardsen Jensen, who injured her knee in the semifinal. Denmark announced Friday that Sigvardsen Jensen had torn her ACL. Sigvardsen Jensen had played every minute for Denmark before her injury on Thursday.
The first half was a thrilling back-and-forth affair. Nadim converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute to give Denmark the lead, but it was short-lived as Miedema equalized just four minutes later. Martens put the Netherlands up 2-1 in the 28th minute, but Denmark evened the score in the 33rd after a wonderful individual effort from Pernille Harder.
The Netherlands took the lead for good in the 51st minute on a goal from Sherida Spitse.
— UEFA Women's EURO (@UEFAWomensEURO) August 6, 2017