Women's Euro 2017: Belgium and Netherlands record Group A wins
By AFP Sport
Last Updated: 21/07/17 8:21am
Belgium recorded their first-ever win at the Women's Euros as they beat runners-up Norway 2-0 in Breda on Thursday.
Elke Van Gorp fired in a rebound in the 59th minute past Norway keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth, who had cleared Tessa Wullaert's header following a cross from Davina Philtjens.
Eight minutes later, Janic Cayman headed in a long throw-in that found its way through the Norwegian defence.
"The players had to win. It was part of the learning process playing in such a tournament. They had to win and they did it very well," said Belgium coach Ives Serneels.
"We want to win the game against Holland and then we'll have qualified."
In the day's other Euro 2017 Group A game in Rotterdam, Sherida Spitse's penalty gave the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Denmark. The Dutch top the group with six points, ahead of Belgium and Denmark on three points each.
Spitse scored from the spot on 20 minutes following a foul on Danielle van de Donk.
After Netherlands took the lead, Pernille Harder was denied by Dutch goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal while Sanne Troelsgaard beat the 'keeper but sent her effort over the bar after the break.
Denmark stepped up the pressure in the second half but Troelsgaard squandered more chances and Nadia Nadim headed Harder's free-kick straight into Van Veenendaal.
At the other end, Spitse could have made it 2-0 but her free-kick ended in the side netting.