England Women 5-1 Netherlands Women: Lionesses make big statement in Euro 2022 credentials
The Lionesses fell behind to Lieke Martens’ goal at Elland Road; Lucy Bronze levelled before half-time; the Netherlands missed a penalty before Beth Mead scored a minute later; Ella Toone and Lauren Hemp scored in quick succession before Mead added a fifth
England sent out a real statement of their Euro 2022 credentials by thrashing reigning champions Netherlands 5-1 in Leeds.
In front of 19,000 fans at a raucous Elland Road, the Lionesses had found themselves in a rare situation by going behind under Sarina Weigman, as Lieke Martens headed the Dutch in front from a corner midway through the opening period.
But Lucy Bronze’s cross hauled England level before half-time – before a dramatic start to the second half.
Within the space of a minute, Sherida Spitse missed a penalty for the Dutch after Alex Greenwood brought down substitute Danielle van de Donk – before substitute Beth Mead tapped home a cross from the impressive Lauren Hemp – who came to life later in the half.