While in Belgium, the Jupiler Pro League hallway was kicked out, worked the ladies in the Netherlands their quarter-finals at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS. Here are three things that are already important enough to remember, even though we know the final winner until Sunday 6 July.
1. Meritorious debut of the Red Flames
Despite the elimination in the group stage allowed the Belgians still look back on a nice track. The qualification for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS is a first merit, though it must be mentioned that this is the first edition, with sixteen instead of twelve countries, what it a little easier for the Red Flames to qualify.
In the group stage had the Flames of their several recognise in Denmark and the Netherlands, two countries that are still in the tournament are seated and possibly the final to play against each other. The only victory, 0-2 against Norway, should certainly not be underestimated. With a twelfth place in the world ranking, the Norwegian ladies higher regarded than the Belgian (22). In addition, Norway is the runner-up of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2005 and 2013.
2. German hegemony is broken
That Norway twice, with the second place, satisfied had to ask, is the fault of Germany. That Frauenmannschaft was the last of six (!) EK’s on the highest spot, but that will not happen. Denmark took a 1-0 disadvantage to undo in their semi-final against Germany and wrote as history.
If they their history books with a few pages want to plot, they will first pass Austria should be in the semi-finals. Then wait for the winner of England-the Netherlands them in the final.
3. Major catfight of the year
A kattengevecht is definitely there, because on Thursday the third of July, take the Orange Lionesses will play in the semi-final against the English Lionesses. The winner of that duel allowed himself a favorite for the title of the tournament.
The netherlands can do that because they have their semi-final and possible final to play for a sold out Grolsch Veste in Enschede, the netherlands. The home advantage is so far not unimportant revealed for the Orange Lionesses; each match was already won.
The Lionesses may then claim the role because they are the highest-placed country (FIFA ranking 5) in the tournament. In addition, they have the provisional topschutter of the EC in their ranks. Jodie Taylor struck five times, touch, better than any other player. Her closest pursuers were a maximum of two times and have a lot of good to the English goaltjesdievegge.