Eve Perisset’s extra-time penalty propelled France into the first semi-final of the Women’s EURO, where they will meet Germany.
Perisset, who joined Chelsea from Bordeaux last month, converted a free-kick denied by VAR in the 102nd minute in Rotherham when Corinne Deacon’s side finally managed to find a way past Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar.
The French were eliminated in the quarterfinals of their last five international tournaments.
They complete the teams’ line-up in the semi-finals, with eight-time European champions Germany standing in the way of a place in the final. France have only reached the semi-finals of a major tournament once before. That was at the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
How France reached the semifinals
With France taking the initiative early on, captain Wendie Renard headed wide and Kadidiatou Diani charged into the box and had a shot from Van Domselaar who then did well to dive and push away a cut space attempted by teammate Dominique Janssen.
Other French efforts included goals from Charlotte Bilbault and Cascarino, thwarted by Van Domselaar, Sandie Toletti firing into the stands from a good position and Melvine Malard firing wide.
It was then that they came closest to their pressure when Cascarino’s shot came back at the inside post in the 27th minute and Van Domselaar was battered. They were then thwarted by a remarkable pair of goal-line blocks from Van der Gragt, minutes apart – Malard and Grace Geyoro, who the players refused.
After the Netherlands showed little offensive threat in the first half, the Netherlands found more joy early in the second as the returning Vivianne Miedema completed a corner but was unable to deflect her shot on target and Van der Gragt one others with a hit header collected by Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.
Van der Gragt was then on hand at the other end to clear a Renard header and moments later the French skipper saw another attempted header prevented by a fine save from Van Domselaar.
In the closing stages of regular time, France were pushing for the winner, but Geyoro headed wide of the far post and Van Domselaar showed further heroism to save a Cascarino shot and another Renard header.
Substitute France Selma Bacha fired wide early in extra time before Diani went down under a challenge from Janssen in the box.
The incident came under a VAR check, with Croatian referee Ivana Martincic watching it on the pitchside monitor before pointing to the spot and – after the Dutchman expressed dissatisfaction – Perisset stepped forward to take the ball Popping over Van Domselaar to finally give to France. the leadership.
Another substitute, Ouleymata Sarr, put two shots wide in quick succession as Deacon’s side threatened to add another in the second half of overtime.
France meet Germany in the second semi-final, which takes place at Stadion MK on Wednesday.
The KO phase…
Wednesday July 20th
Quarterfinals 1: England 2-1 Spain (AET)
Thursday 21st July
Quarterfinals 2: Germany 2-0 Austria
Friday 22 July
Quarterfinals 3: Sweden 1-0 Belgium
Saturday 23rd July
Quarterfinals 4: France 1-0 Netherlands (AET)
Tuesday, July 26th
Semifinal 1: England v Sweden – kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27th
Semifinal 2: Germany vs. France – kick-off 8pm, Stadion MK
Sunday 31 July
Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2-5pm Kick-off, Wembley
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