Van der Gragt gives Netherlands win over Portugal

Jackie Groenen, Stefanie van der Gragt and Victoria Pelova celebrate the only goal
The Netherlands lost to the USA in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final

Stefanie van der Gragt’s first-half goal gave the Netherlands a 1-0 victory over Fifa Women’s World Cup debutants Portugal in Dunedin.

Van der Gragt’s powerful header was ruled out by referee Kateryna Monzul before the video assistant referee encouraged her to review her decision.

Portugal failed to trouble the Netherlands defence, registering their only shot on target in the 82nd minute.

The win moved the Netherlands second in Group E, below reigning world champions USA on goal difference.

Despite coming under pressure from a high-pressing Portugal early on, it was the Netherlands with the first opportunity as Lineth Beerensteyn’s sliding strike was deflected off the boot of Carole Costa and out for a corner.

That corner proved to be the game’s decisive moment as it was whipped in by Netherlands captain Sherida Spitse to the back post, where Van der Gragt towered over Tatiana Pinto to head the ball down across goal and into the bottom right-hand corner.

The Netherlands’ celebrations were cut short by the whistle of Monzul, who thought Jill Roord had interfered with Portugal goalkeeper Ines Pereira before reversing her decision when she reviewed the replay on the pitch-side monitor.

Roord nearly put away another Spitse corner with an unchallenged header from close range, but she directed it over the crossbar.

While the Netherlands dominated possession and continued to look dangerous from set-pieces, Portugal, despite glimmers of promise from Jessica Silva, offered very little in front of goal.

Danielle van de Donk and Beerensteyn forced saves from Pereira early in the second half before Portugal increased their intensity and pushed further into the final third.

However, Francisco Neto’s side could not manufacture any clear chances until Telma Encarnacao cut inside from the right and fired straight at goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar late on.

Player of the match

GroenenJackie Groenen

with an average of 8.19


  1. Squad number14Player nameGroenen

  2. Squad number3Player namevan der Gragt

  3. Squad number10Player namevan de Donk

  4. Squad number21Player nameEgurrola

  5. Squad number9Player nameSnoeijs

  6. Squad number17Player namePelova

  7. Squad number11Player nameMartens

  8. Squad number20Player nameJanssen

  9. Squad number7Player nameBeerensteyn

  10. Squad number8Player nameSpitse

  11. Squad number1Player namevan Domselaar

  12. Squad number22Player nameBrugts

  13. Squad number6Player nameRoord

  14. Squad number18Player nameCasparij


  1. Squad number10Player nameJéssica Silva

  2. Squad number2Player nameCatarina Amado

  3. Squad number19Player nameDiana Gomes

  4. Squad number13Player nameFátima Pinto

  5. Squad number15Player nameCarole Costa

  6. Squad number16Player nameDiana Silva

  7. Squad number14Player nameDolores Silva

  8. Squad number11Player nameTatiana Pinto

  9. Squad number8Player nameAndreia Norton

  10. Squad number23Player nameTelma Encarnação

  11. Squad number1Player nameInês Pereira

  12. Squad number9Player nameAna Borges

  13. Squad number6Player nameAndreia Jacinto

  14. Squad number3Player nameLúcia Alves

  15. Squad number20Player nameKika Nazareth



Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1van Domselaar
  • 8Spitse
  • 3van der Gragt
  • 20Janssen
  • 14Groenen
  • 17PelovaSubstituted forCasparijat 90+4′minutes
  • 6Roord
  • 10van de DonkBooked at 78minsSubstituted forEgurrolaat 80′minutes
  • 22Brugts
  • 7BeerensteynSubstituted forSnoeijsat 87′minutes
  • 11Martens


  • 2Wilms
  • 4Nouwen
  • 5van Dongen
  • 9Snoeijs
  • 12Baijings
  • 13Jansen
  • 15Dijkstra
  • 16Kop
  • 18Casparij
  • 19Kaptein
  • 21Egurrola
  • 23Weimar


Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Teixeira Pereira
  • 9Marques Borges
  • 15da Silva Costa
  • 19Ribeiro GomesBooked at 84mins
  • 2Silva AmadoSubstituted forde Sousa Alvesat 78′minutes
  • 11Ferreira Pinto
  • 14Jácome da SilvaSubstituted forRamos Ribeiro Nazareth Sousaat 68′minutes
  • 8NortonSubstituted forde Jesus Jacintoat 79′minutes
  • 13Figueira Pinto
  • 10Manjenje Nogueira SilvaBooked at 56mins
  • 16Abreu de Sousa e SilvaSubstituted forVelosa Encarnaçãoat 79′minutes


  • 3de Sousa Alves
  • 4Garcia Rebelo
  • 5Gaspar Silva Marchão
  • 6de Jesus Jacinto
  • 7Santos Marques Rodrigues
  • 12de Sousa Barros Morais
  • 17da Silva Seiça
  • 18Trindade Coruche Mendes
  • 20Ramos Ribeiro Nazareth Sousa
  • 21Palma Capeta
  • 22Campos Costa
  • 23Velosa Encarnação

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Netherlands 1, Portugal Women 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Netherlands 1, Portugal Women 0.

  3. Esmee Brugts (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Tatiana Pinto (Portugal Women).

  5. Attempt missed. Lieke Martens (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sherida Spitse with a cross.

  6. Substitution, Netherlands. Kerstin Casparij replaces Victoria Pelova.

  7. Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Lúcia Alves.

  8. Foul by Victoria Pelova (Netherlands).

  9. Lúcia Alves (Portugal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Esmee Brugts (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Foul by Tatiana Pinto (Portugal Women).

  12. Offside, Netherlands. Damaris Egurrola tries a through ball, but Victoria Pelova is caught offside.

  13. Attempt blocked. Lieke Martens (Netherlands) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Esmee Brugts.

  14. Substitution, Netherlands. Katja Snoeijs replaces Lineth Beerensteyn because of an injury.

  15. Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Delay in match because of an injury Lineth Beerensteyn (Netherlands).

  17. Diana Gomes (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Lineth Beerensteyn (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Diana Gomes (Portugal Women).

  20. Attempt missed. Fátima Pinto (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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