Two goals from Lieke Martens led the Dutch women's football team to the quarter-finals of the World Cup when they defeated Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The winner came from a controversial penalty in the second half after Japanese player Saki Kumagai had committed a handball in the penalty area.
Sherida Spitse agreed to let Martens take the shot. "I asked if I could bear it," Martens said after the game. "I felt good during the game and luckily, Sherida let me go."
"We had some problems in the second half," said Dutch coach Sarina Wiegmann to the Fifa website after the match.
& Much of it had to do with the qualities of Japan. There was no pressure on the ball. It shows how good a team Japan is. I can start to see things that we did badly, but it was definitely Japan that played well too.
Oranje, who has never played in a Women's World Cup, faces Italy in the quarter-final on Saturday, June 29th. [1
– Emma Coolen, FIFA (@FIFAWWC_NED) June 25, 2019
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