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By Jacob Bogage Jacob Bogage National sports writer and blogger Email Bio Follow July 3 at 5:40 PM [ Women’s World Cup bracket ] In-game updates Final: Netherlands 1, Sweden 0 The Netherlands beat Sweden in Wednesday’s semifi

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In-game updates Final: Netherlands 1, Sweden 0

The Netherlands beat Sweden in Wednesday’s semifinal to advance to the championship. The upstart Dutch are playing in just their second World Cup and had never before reached even the quarterfinals. The defending champion Americans have won three World Cups and will be playing in their third straight final.

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116th minute: Yellow card to Netherlands

Danielle Van De Donk was carded for a foul on Kosovare Asllani, but the free kick was handled and cleared by the Dutch defense.

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111th minute: Two Swedish substitutions

Sweden made its final substitutions (an extra one is granted when a match goes to extra time), bringing in Mimmi Larsson and Jonna Andersson for Stina Blackstenius and Magdelena Eriksson.

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Extra time, period 1: Netherlands 1, Sweden 0

After all that defending the Dutch practiced so well in the first 105 minutes, they’ll have to do 15 minutes more. Jackie Groenen gave them the lead in the 99th minute with a well-struck low ball from 25 yards out. Now, the Oranje must keep a pressing Sweden side off the board to avoid penalty kicks and set up a championship match with the United States.

99th minute: Goal, Netherlands

Finally, a breakthrough. With the Netherlands in the midfield, Jackie Groenen split the Swedish back line with a run and ripped a low shot past Hedvig Lindahl. Sweden has 20 minutes to equalize, or else the Netherlands will face the United States in the championship match on Sunday. Groenen is the eighth Dutch player to score at this World Cup.


— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 3, 2019 94th minute: Yellow card

Sweden’s Julia Zigiotti is carded for a foul on Danielle Van De Donk

Full time: Sweden 0, Netherlands 0

We need extra time to determine a challenger for the United States in the World Cup final. Sweden and the Netherlands played 90 minutes of extremely cautious soccer, and while both teams did have scoring chances, they were so few and far between that strikers were almost caught unawares with the ball on their feet

The match will take at least another 30 minutes, and if it’s still not decided, will go to a penalty kick shootout

85th minute: Yellow card

Netherlands’ Sherida Spitse was carded for a foul on Kosovare Asllani

79th minute: Two subs for the Swedes

Julia Zigiotti and Madelen Janogy entered for Elin Rubensson and Lina Hurtig

71st minute: Dutch substitution

Shanice Van De Sanden entered for Lineth Beerensteyn to give the Dutch some fresh legs on the offensive end. Beerensteyn started on the right wing in Van De Sanden’s place after providing a nice spark in the quarterfinal match against Italy. But Beerensteyn had been largely quiet Wednesday, prompting the late change

64th minute: Netherlands hits the bar

This match seems to crying out for a set piece after the chance Sweden had minutes ago and the one the Netherlands just missed. Sherida Spitse sent in a corner that found Vivianne Miedema at the back post. Her header went to the far side and Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl was able to get her fingertips to the ball to flick it off the cross bar

56th minute: Sweden rings the post

What a weird sequence this was. Assistant referee Princess Brown awarded Sweden a corner on what appeared to be a ball the Swedes played out of bounds. An in-swinging kick landed among a scrum of players and bounced out to Nilla Fischer, whose shot caught Dutch keeper Sari Van Veenendaal leaning the wrong way, but hit the post

Scoreless at halftime

Let’s be optimistic fan and focus on this World Cup semifinal being a second-half game. The Netherlands and Sweden played to an uneventful scoreless draw in the first 45 minutes

Each side drew a pair of decent chances. Neither were good enough to beat teams fixated on defending their goal. The caution with which both teams played was admirable — the World Cup final is only one goal away, after all — but the results were less than thrilling

The sides combined for eight shots, three corners and 43 defensive clearances. The Dutch seemed so concerned about a Swedish counterattack, they barely attacked at all. The Swedes seemed so concerned about Dutch ball movement, they barely sent any attackers ahead

The cautious play makes it hard to imagine how either would face the United States, the braggadocios, goal-scoring, top-ranked favorite to win it all

37th minute: A defensive battle

Much of the so far has been a battle of attrition. The sides have combined for five shots, three corners and 32 defensive clearances. Both teams, especially the Netherlands, are playing it safe knowing a trip to the World Cup championship match is perhaps only one goal away

13th minute: Sweden draws the first chance

And it was a very Swedish opportunity. After a Dutch turnover in the midfield, Sofia Jakobsson was able to turn, push the tempo upfield and thread a ball to Stina Blackstenius. Dutch keeper Sari Van Veenendaal smothered the shot and was able to pounce on the rebound to end the scoring opportunity

And we’re off!

The Netherlands is playing in its first Women’s World Cup semifinal. For Sweden, this is its fourth appearance in the semifinal round. The winner will face the United States on Sunday at 11 a.m., in Lyon

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— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 2019 Setting the stage

Behold: A match that seems to be predictably unpredictable. How’s that to decide the final spot in the Women’s World Cup final?

Sweden for five matches has played a prototypically Swedish brand of soccer. It drops 10 players behind the ball and dares opponents to try to score. Passes that could slice up less fastidious defenses become turnovers. Crosses into the box are swept away with ease. Shots on target get pawed down by the tournament’s top keeper, Hedvig Lindahl

Then, what’s this? Stina Blackstenius or Sofia Jakobsson somehow behind the opposing back four? A good Swedish clearance by any other name is a precise and practical through ball, the kind that undid Germany and Canada, too, and gave the United States plenty of trouble in group-stage play

The Netherlands will counter with its own free-flowing style: fast-paced, tons of passing, acrobatic play in the air, and watch out for those set pieces. Vivianne Miedema has three goals and may be the best there is attacking with her head. Lieke Martens has enough oomph in her shot to threaten from long range. Sherida Spitse has four assists, the most in the tournament

They’ll all have room to operate as Sweden allows the Dutch to control possession, but will they have enough meaningful chances to make an impact? That’s hard to predict

Sweden is in the World Cup semifinals for the fourth time; only the United States and Germany have reached this stage more often. The Netherlands is in the semifinals for the first time. The winner will face the U.S. in Sunday’s final. The loser will face England in Saturday’s third-place match

What you need to know When: Wednesday, 3 p.m. Eastern

Where: Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France

TV: FS1, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo

Streaming: Fox Sports

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So complete was the Dutch domination — they controlled nearly 60 percent of possession — that a frustrated Italian side picked up four yellow cards trying to win the ball back. The Netherlands broke through on two set pieces. ( Read more )

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Jacob Bogage Jacob Bogage writes about sports for The Post, where he has worked since 2015. He previously covered the automotive and manufacturing industries for the Business section. Follow

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