Arsenal Women goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal saved a penalty and summer-signing Vivianne Miedema scored a late winner as Netherlands beat Norway 1-0 on Tuesday.
The Netherlands were playing the first match of their World Cup qualifying group against Norway, who came into the match on the back of two big wins against Northern Ireland (4-1) and Slovakia (6-1). So the Arsenal pair had their work cut out for them as a result.
After first-half chances for both sides, Miedema had a big chance to put her side into the lead in the 57th minute, as the ball was cut back to her in the box. She connected well, but was unfortunate to see her shot glance off the crossbar and away.
Even worse, just seven minutes later the Netherlands conceded a penalty, after a very obvious handball. Norwegian captain Maren Mjelde stepped up to take it, but van Veenendaal guessed right and saved well to keep the scores at 0-0.
The Netherlands started to put together a few more chances, but it wasn’t until the 93rd minute that they finally made the breakthrough, with Miedema’s long range effort finding the net.
Her ball into the box was perfectly placed to leave the goalkeeper stranded, not knowing whether the players in front of her would get a touch. In the end, no one did, and the ball found the bottom corner.