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Netherlands reach first World Cup final with extra-time rocket

Jackie Groenen celebrates scoring the only goal of the game in extra time as the Netherlands beat Sweden 1-0 to reach the Women's World Cup final

A long-range strike from Jackie Groenen sent the Netherlands into their first ever women’s World Cup final as they edged Sweden 1-0 after extra time in their semi-final on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old midfielder scored in the 99th minute when she collected a deflected pass outside the box and struck it expertly into the bottom right corner of the goal to put the Dutch into Sunday’s final against the United States.

It was the first time a women’s World Cup semi-final had gone to extra time. The best chances in the regulation 90 minutes came early in the second half when Sweden defender Nilla Fischer hit the post and Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema had her header tipped on to the bar.

Groenen’s decisive first strike of the tournament ensured the European Champions, in only their second World Cup, will face holders the U.S. in the final. (Reporting by Christian Radnedge Editing by C

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