The Dutch women’s soccer team has qualified for next year’s World Cup thanks to a last-minute victory over Iceland.
Lewinen dominated the last qualifying match, scoring 29 shots on goal, but had to wait for Vivian Miedema to break through in the 93rd minute.
“On any other day we would have won by six or seven goals, so it was nice to have the ball come in at the last minute,” said the Arsenal striker.
The Netherlands needed to win this match to avoid a playoff spot in next year’s knockout stages, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand on 20 July.
It was the first match for Andries Jonker, who took over from Mark Parsons after his side were eliminated in the quarter-finals at the European Championships this summer.
“On the one hand, we were confident that we would do it. Every attack was an opportunity,” Jonker said. “On the other hand, the ball hit the posts and bars quite often.”
The Netherlands lost to the United States after reaching the final of the last World Cup in France three years ago.
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