Netherlands wins World Cup thriller to earn final matchup with USWNT

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He helped the Dutch men's team expand soccer minds by establishing the concept of Total Football, whereby all outfield players are seamlessly interchangeable on the field, allowing them to switch positions without affecting the shape of the side.

"We never knew this would be possible".

Don't bet against Miedema overtaking them; she's a knockout-round big hitter.

The first half saw Netherlands begin slowly and the best chances fell to Sweden.

In all honesty, the United States would not have been scared by what they were seeing.

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"This is something that you obviously dream of", Bloodworth said.

The U.S. have their own record going with 11 consecutive World Cup wins.

Two years after the Dutch won their first major trophy - the European Championship - Groenen is already dreaming of a first world title in only their second attempt.

It was the first semifinal in the tournament's history to go into extra time, CNN reported.

The 29-year-old Jakobsson was at the heart of all that was good about Sweden's forward play, putting Blackstenius through early on only for her compatriot to hit straight at the goalkeeper. It is so nice to be part of a team with so much confidence that we give to each other. "We have a team working on all these aspects, looking into everything", Gerhardsson said.

"The Netherlands have had a great tournament, obviously coming off the Euros, (we've seen) tremendous performances by them", she said. "I hope we can show all the quality we have in our squad".

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What channel is Netherlands vs Sweden on? The Dutch anticipated Sweden would sit back, defend and then try to create offence on the counterattack.

It was a simmering second half right from the onset as both teams realised that a solitary goal could very well be the difference.

After two scoreless halves filled with cautious play on both sides, Netherlands defeated Sweden 1-0 in extra time in Lyon.

In the 99th minute, Jackie Groenen scored the only and winning goal, with her wonderful strike into the bottom-left corner, securing the Dutch a spot in Sunday's final against the Americans. These players are incredibly important and can decide the match.

She has her mind set on another first - a desperately-awaited World Cup title for the Dutch.

Lindahl was furious at the final whistle, ripping off her gloves and throwing them violently to the floor. They lost in 1974 to host Germany, in 1978 to host Argentina and in 2010 to Spain in South Africa.

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But the Netherlands did get their goal and it came through Jackie Groenen. "The players did their best, but it was not sufficient". "One more match and we might possibly be the world champions".

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