Player ratings as Beth Mead double helps Lionesses to emphatic win

From Elland Road – England whet advocates’ cravings for Euro 2022 with a thumping 5-1 success over ruling European champs Netherlands at a raucous Elland Road on Friday night – the Lionesses’ last friendly on house soil prior to the competition starts on 6 July.

The 2 sides – who are both fancied to go deep at this summer season’s champions – had actually played out a firmly objected to encounter in the opening 50 minutes. But with ball games delicately poised at 1-1 after Lucy Bronze had actually counteracted Lieke Martens’ header, Sherida Spitse missed out on an area kick, and England increased the other end and took the lead through Beth Mead. Ella Toone, Lauren Hemp and a 2nd from Mead included additional thrive on the scoreline as the Lionesses eventually went out emphatic winners.

The Netherlands had actually opened the scoring through Martens, who increased greatest to head house Spitse’s corner after 22 minutes.

The objective appeared to trigger the Lionesses into life, and they started to delight in more belongings in the Netherlands half, prior to levelling ball games on 32 minutes – in a little fortuitous scenarios. Fran Kirby’s a little miss-hit pass discovered Bronze, and her chopped cross unintentionally discovered the leading corner.

The Netherlands were provided the chance to retake the lead in the 2nd half after Alex Greenwood was belatedly punished by VAR for reducing Danielle van de Donk. However, Spitse could not include an objective to her help to mark her 200th look, discovering the beyond the post from 12 backyards out.

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