Published:  09:56 AM, 17 July 2017 Last Update: 09:58 AM, 17 July 2017

Hosts Netherlands win Women's Euro 2017 opener


Hosts Netherlands got their Women's Euro 2017 campaign off to a successful start with a deserved win over Norway.

Liverpool's Shanice van de Sanden scored the only goal, heading in Lieke Martens' pin-point cross from close range after 66 minutes.

Netherlands could have opened the scoring in the opening 30 seconds, but Ingrid Hjelmseth kept out a shot from Arsenal's Danielle van de Donk.

In the second game in Group A, Denmark defeated Belgium 1-0.

Sanne Troelsgaard headed in the only goal in Doetinchem after Pernille Harder's free-kick was tipped on to the crossbar.

The closest Belgium came to finding the net was through Janice Cayman's flicked effort, but Danish goalkeeper Stina Lykke Petersen did well to push the ball to safety.

Norway come up against Belgium on Thursday in their next group game (17:00 BST kick-off), while Netherlands face Denmark on the same day (19:45 BST kick-off).

Women's Footballer of the Year kept quiet

The 2013 finalists Norway were second best throughout against a Dutch side helped by a boisterous home following in Utrecht. The crowd of 21,732 at the Stade Galgenwaard was a record for a women's football match in the Netherlands.

Sarina Wiegman's side had plenty of chances, the best of which fell to new Barcelona signing Martens, who forced Hjelmseth into a fine save, while Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema dragged an effort wide.

Chelsea midfielder Maren Mjelde came close with a free-kick for Norway's, their best effort in the encounter.

Striker Ada Hegerberg, the current BBC Women's Footballer of the Year, barely got a kick during the match and was largely kept quiet by the Dutch defence.

The most presentable chance fell to her with a minute remaining, but her deflected strike was easy for Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.



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