France Women vs Holland Women. Women's European Championship Quarter-Final.
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Report as Eve Perisset's extra-time penalty clinches France's place in the semi-finals; They take on eight-time European champions Germany in the second semi-final, taking place at Stadium MK on Wednesday night; Host nation England meet Sweden at Brammall Lane on Tuesday
Monday 25 July 2022 13:48, UK
Eve Perisset's penalty in extra-time sent France into their first Women's Euro semi-final where they will face Germany.
Perisset, who last month joined Chelsea from Bordeaux, converted a spot-kick awarded via VAR in the 102nd minute in Rotherham as Corinne Diacre's side finally managed to find a way past Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar.
The French had exited at the quarter-finals stage in their last five international tournaments.
They complete the line-up of teams in the semi-finals with eight-time European champions Germany standing in their way of a place in the final. France have only ever reached the semi-finals of a major tournament once before. That was at the Women's World Cup in 2011.
As France took the early initiative, captain Wendie Renard headed wide and Kadidiatou Diani surged into the area and had a shot saved by Van Domselaar, who then did well to dive and push away a sliced attempted clearance by her team-mate Dominique Janssen.
Further efforts from France included strikes from Charlotte Bilbault and Cascarino being dealt with by Van Domselaar, Sandie Toletti blazing into the stand from a good position and Melvine Malard striking wide.
They subsequently went the closest yet to making their pressure count as Cascarino's 27th-minute drive came back off the inside of the post with Van Domselaar beaten. They were then thwarted by a remarkable pair of goal-line blocks from Van der Gragt a few minutes apart - Malard and Grace Geyoro the players denied.
Having shown hardly any attacking threat in the first half, the Netherlands had more joy early in the second, with the returning Vivianne Miedema getting on the end of one corner but unable to direct her effort on target, and Van der Gragt meeting another with a header that was gathered by Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.
Van der Gragt was then on hand once again at the other end to clear a Renard header, and moments later the French skipper saw another headed effort kept out by a fine Van Domselaar save.
The closing stages of normal time saw France push for a winner but Geyoro headed wide at the far post and Van Domselaar then produced further heroics to keep out a Cascarino shot and another Renard header.
French substitute Selma Bacha sent a shot over early in extra time before Diani went down in the box under a challenge from Janssen.
The incident went to a VAR check, with Croatian referee Ivana Martincic watching it back on the pitchside monitor before pointing to the spot and - after the Dutch voiced their unhappiness - Perisset stepped up to slam the ball past Van Domselaar to give France, finally, the lead.
Another substitute, Ouleymata Sarr, subsequently fired two efforts wide in quick succession as Diacre's side threatened to add another in the second half of extra-time.
France will take on Germany in the second semi-final, taking place on Wednesday at Stadium MK.
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: England 2-1 Spain (AET)
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Germany 2-0 Austria
Friday July 22
Quarter-final 3: Sweden 1-0 Belgium
Saturday July 23
Quarter-final 4: France 1-0 Netherlands (AET)
Tuesday July 26
Semi-final 1: England vs Sweden - kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-final 2: Germany vs France - kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners semi-final 1 v Winners semi-final 2 - kick-off 5pm, Wembley
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