Martens on par with Melis – Kaptein makes debut for Orange that wins handsomely over Poland

Martens on par with Melis – Kaptein makes debut for Orange that wins handsomely over Poland

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The Dutch national team practiced in Rotterdam against Poland

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Soccer players fuel confidence against Poland: 4-1

NED-POL | Comments Jonker, Beerensteyn, Kaptein and Martens

NED-POL | Match Report

Lineth Beerensteyn

Soccer players fuel confidence in 3-5-2 system with show against Poland: 4-1

Exactly one hundred days before the start of the Women’s World Cup, the Netherlands beat Poland 4-1 in a practice match at Het Kasteel in Rotterdam.

National coach Andries Jonker, who was extraordinarily satisfied with the game shown on Friday despite the 1-0 defeat against top nation Germany, saw his team once again put in a very attractive performance.

Poland is not a World Cup contender, but proved to be a level opponent. Still, the Orange convinced from start to finish with dominant play.

NED-POL | 90+4′ Finished!

End of match in Rotterdam where Holland wins 4-1.

The 3-5-2 system proved, just like against Germany, to be a system the Orange feels comfortable with. Many dominance, many chances and unlike the game against Germany, many goals. In short, a match that Jonker and Orange can move forward with.


And immediately there is the 4-1. Katja Snoeijs, just entered the field together with Kaptein and Caitlin Dijkstra, comes through on the right, delivers a tight cross that Jill Roord shoots in. 4-1, a score that better reflects the proportions.

NED-POL | 81′ Debut for Kaptein

The 17-year-old Wieke Kaptein comes into the field for Lieke Martens ten minutes before time. “The engine of FC Twente,” Andries Jonker called her the other day.


The cross from Van de Donk and Pelova, who passes the ball well. Beerensteyn heads towards goal, where Martens only has to tap in. With her second of the evening, she equals Manon Melis on the top scorer list of all time for Orange. It was the 59th goal in Oranje for Martens. Only Miedema has scored more for the Netherlands (95).

NED-POL | 71′ Waiting for the 3-1

The Netherlands has been by far the superior side for the entire match, goalkeeper Van Domselaar must be pretty cold. However, the Dutch fail to express it in goals.

NED-POL | 67′ Two substitutions Orange

Van der Gragt and standout Brugts leave the field. Casparij and Wilms come in.


Beerensteyn finally got her goal. Brugts sends her defender into the woods after which Beerensteyn grazes the cross with her head and sees the ball fall in via the post. After all her missed chances against Germany, a nice moment for the striker, who is clearly very happy with her goal.

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NED-POL | 46′ Second half

The ball is rolling again in Rotterdam.

The first half is over in Rotterdam. The play looks a lot like the game against Germany. With a strong Netherlands, but a scoring opponent. Fortunately for Orange, it also managed to score itself.


There is the more than deserved equalizer. Lieke Martens with the high cross from the left after which Beerensteyn duels with Malgorzata Grec. The latter sees the ball go through her back into the goal. 1-1 in Rotterdam.

Netherlands celebrates the 1-1

NED-POL | 38′ Beerensteyn on the post!

There was the first danger from Lineth Beerensteyn, the much-discussed striker after the game against Germany. This chance was a lot trickier than in that match, but nonetheless no less dangerous. After a fine action by Pelova, it was Beerensteyn who shot hard at the far post.


Completely against the odds, Poland takes the lead in Rotterdam. Weronika Zawistowska, after a variation at the corner, delivers a cross that falls over Van Domselaar via a Dutch leg. Captain Ewa Pajor then gives the final push.

Party at Poland

NED-POL | 29′ Change for Egurrola

Egurrola can’t continue after all, too much affected by the blow to her head from just now. Nouwen replaces her.

NED-POL | 23′ Egurrola to the ground again

It’s not yet Damaris Egurrola’s night. On a high ball, she gets the fists of the Polish goalkeeper in her face. Aniek Nouwen, meanwhile, is running hot to be sure.

NED-POL | 19′ Miss Van de Donk

There was almost the 1-0 there. Beerensteyn with the good running action and the good cross. The ball then goes past two playmakers, but Van de Donk is completely free to print. However, she only half touches the ball. Still 0-0.

NED-POL | 13′ Roord dangerous

Still little real action in Rotterdam, where the Netherlands is clearly the superior side though. Just now a chance from Jill Roord, who tries it in the short corner on a pass from Pelova. Keeper Kinga Szemik has no trouble with that.

Moments before, an “ice leg” to Damaris Egurrola was the only noteworthy thing of the match. The Dutch with Spanish roots stayed down for a while, but was fortunately able to continue.

Damaris Egurrola on the field against Poland

NED-POL | Who do we have there?

The stopped Sari van Veenendaal (l) and the injured Vivianne Miedema (m) are attentive spectators in Rotterdam.

Sari van Veenendaal (l) and Vivianne Miedema (m)

We started in Rotterdam. Can the Netherlands convince as they did against Germany in the new system?

NED-POL | Back to Friday, when the Orange just lost to Germany

Orange women lose narrowly in practice match with top nation Germany

NED-POL | Soccer players with recovered Brugts

The Dutch soccer players will start the practice international against Poland at 8 p.m. with Esmee Brugts in the squad. The 19-year-old winger of PSV was missing Friday in Sittard against Germany (0-1) due to physical problems, but is fit enough to play against Poland at Het Kasteel in Rotterdam. National coach Andries Jonker has left his team unchanged.

Brugts’ return comes at the expense of Kerstin Casparij. Jonker had the PSV attacker play as left back or, in the 3-5-2 system, on the left wing in previous international periods. Brugts made a good impression on the national coach in this unfamiliar role.

Furthermore, Jonker let it be known that it will be 5-3-2 again today. With Brugts and Pelova as wingbacks.

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Back to 2017: Success at The Castle

The venue tonight is the Sparta Stadium in Rotterdam. A place where the footballers of Oranje will have fond memories. After all, at the successful European Championship at home in 2017, the Dutch women also faced the Rotterdam grass. Then Denmark was the opponent and became 1-0 thanks to a utilized penalty kick by Sherida Spitse. Denmark was later defeated again in the final.

Watch Spitse’s 2017 goal below.

2017: Spitse scores at Castle against Denmark

NED-POL | The 11 names of Orange

As in the match against Germany, national coach Jonker is not yet revealing which formation will be played in, but the eleven names are known. Van de Donk is on the match sheet, so she will match Daphne Koster with her 139th international game.

NED-POL | The field looks good in Rotterdam

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 will not be in 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

Lineth 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 already look 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.”

Welcome to our blog of the practice match between the soccer players of Orange and Poland. In the stadium of Sparta Rotterdam both teams will face each other from 20:00. It is the penultimate test for national coach Andries Jonker’s team before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which will be held next summer in July and August.

Shortly before the World Cup, the soccer players of the Netherlands will play a practice match with Belgium. The “away match” will take place on Sunday, July 2 (8:45 p.m.) in Kerkrade.

Kayleigh Williams