Exactly one hundred days before World Cup Orange practice against Poland – Van de Donk and Martens on record hunt
NED-POL | Some facts in a row
– Poland is ranked No. 30 in the FIFA world rankings; the Netherlands is ranked 8th. The Polish women are not part of the upcoming World Cup.
– If Daniëlle van de Donk plays tonight it will mean her 139th international game. With that, she equals Daphne Koster. In history, only five women have played more internationals. Sherida Spitse is a record international with 214 matches.
– Lieke Martens needs to score two more goals to take the second spot among the top scorers of all time. Only Manon Melis (59) and Vivianne Miedema (95) have scored more often than Martens, who stands at 57 goals.
– The game against Poland at The Castle takes place exactly 100 days before the start of the World Cup that begins July 20.
– Ewa Pajor is the most important pawn on the Polish side. She is top scorer for VfL Wolfsburg, where she is a teammate of Oranje internationals Lynn Wilms, Jill Roord and Dominique Janssen.
– The Netherlands and Poland met twice before. The first game between the two countries was in 2009 and ended in a 2-0 victory for the Netherlands thanks to goals by Manon Melis and Marije Brummel. Ten years later, Poland was too strong 1-0 during the Algarve Cup.
– In that match in Portugal, Aniek Nouwen made her debut. Of the current selection, Wieke Kaptein (FC Twente), Tiny Hoekstra (Ajax) and goalkeeper Jacintha Weimar (Feyenoord) may make their international debut.
NED-POL | Basic place for Beerensteyn
In the search for a replacement for the badly injured Vivianne Miedema, Lineth Beerensteyn gets a second chance today. The Juventus striker is back in the striker’s position with the Oranje.
On Friday, Beerensteyn was also in the starting lineup against Germany (0-1 defeat) and missed a number of good chances. “Of course I was disappointed by that, but a day later you are already looking ahead again,” said the 26-year-old striker. “We played extremely well against Germany, but unfortunately did not win.”
National coach Jonker gives Beerensteyn confidence. “The last few internationals she was always very dangerous,” he believes. “Against Austria it was with goals, against Germany without.”