The Netherlands, the current champions, defeated Portugal 3-2 on Wednesday to move closer to a quarterfinal appearance at Euro 2022. Sweden defeated Switzerland 2-1 with a late goal.
Damaris Egurrola and Stefanie van der Gragt scored goals for the Dutch in the opening 16 minutes in Leigh despite the absence of top scorer Vivianne Miedema who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Portugal overcame a 2-0 deficit to win for the second time in as many games. Portugal would not even be at the tournament if Russia had not been kicked out for invading Ukraine.
Before halftime, Carole Costa’s penalty cut the deficit, and two minutes into the second half, Diana Silva’s thunderous header evened the score.
When Jill Roord’s goal was disallowed for offside by a VAR review, the Netherlands believed they had retaliated right away.
But shortly after the hour mark, Danielle Van de Donk’s breathtaking effort from outside the box arrowed into the top corner, helping Mark Parsons’ team escape trouble.
With a win, the Netherlands tops Group C, level with Sweden on four points, and both teams only need a point from their final group match to advance.
Sweden, which is ranked second in the world, was one of the pre-tournament favourites, but they haven’t been able to get going in England.
The Olympic silver medalists were predicted to easily defeat a 20th-ranked Swiss team after a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands to start their campaign.
A sickness outbreak at the camp had also disrupted Switzerland’s plans, forcing them to postpone training on Monday.
But they held the women of Peter Gerhardsson at bay for 53 minutes at Bramall Lane before Fridolina Rolfo of Barcelona completed a superb team play.
Within two minutes, Ramona Bachmann of Paris Saint-Germain brought Switzerland back into the game.
In need of some inspiration, Gerhardsson had to look to his bench, and it was one of his replacements, Hanna Bennison, who scored the game-winning goal 11 minutes from time with her first international goal.
Even if there are many areas where we can improve, Gerhardsson stated, “Right now, I’m just really delighted that we won the game and are in a fantastic position to take us past the group stage.”
In order to advance to the round of 8, Switzerland and Portugal must must win in their last games on Sunday in Group C.