We’re one half into the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands. It’s all square, 0-0, after 45 minutes of play.
Netherlands has been led today by some incredible play by its goalie, Sari van Veenendaal, who’s been dominating this morning.
van Veenendaal, 29, has been the most-impactful player on the pitch today.
She’s stopped the United States from multiple scoring chances.
WHAT A SAVE! 😱
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 7, 2019
WOW! Dutch captain and goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal is putting on a show. Van Veenendaal makes two superb stops from Alex Morgan in quick succession. #USWNT knocking on the door just before half time. #USA 0-0 #NED #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/GSZmoHm6aZ
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) July 7, 2019
📷: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP; Franck Fife/AFP; David Vincent/AP pic.twitter.com/wrUn8DfyRe
— Post Sports (@PostSports) July 7, 2019
FIFA.com had more on the Dutch keeper heading into today’s match:
It was unclear in the build-up to this tournament whether Van Veenendaal would even be the Netherlands’ first-choice goalkeeper, with a neck-and-neck race for the position with Loes Geurts having played out throughout the qualifiers. But Van Veenendaal ultimately earned the starting spot, and has shown why with her performances at France 2019.
The big keeper played a major role in the Dutch victory at the UEFA Women’s EURO in 2017, and seems to relish the big occasions. She can also often be seen – and heard – encouraging her team-mates both before and during matches, and is well known for her passionate pre-match yell on the pitch. But Van Veenendaal’s biggest contribution has come in the shape of her match-defining saves in the knockout phase, without which the Netherlands might not even be in the Final.
We’ll see if she can continue her great play in the second half.
USA-Netherlands is on FOX.