Beth Mead’s next-half brace fired England to a comeback 5-1 welcoming victory over the Netherlands at Elland Road, Leeds.
In their very first match against their former boss – Sarina Wiegman next her departure to take demand of England final September, Netherlands took a 22nd moment direct following Lieke Martens headed in from Sherida Spitse’s 22nd moment corner.
England even so equalised 10 minutes afterwards via Lucy Bronze’s accidental strike across into the major-still left corner from a cross.
Spitse missed a chance to place the Dutch again in entrance in the 52nd minute as she fired her penalty huge immediately after Danielle van de Donk had been fouled by Alex Greenwood, which had led to a VAR overview.
England took the direct just one moment afterwards as Beth Mead fired in from Lauren Hemp’s cross to set the hosts ahead.
Ella Toone included the Lionesses’ third goal with a 72nd minute strike prior to Hemp volleyed in their fourth objective from a bad clearance just two minutes later.
Mead extra her second intention in the 90th moment right after she intercepted a very poor clearance and smashed in from shut-array to wrap up a snug gain more than Wiegman’s former staff.
From kick-off, Netherlands quickly commenced to press higher up the pitch but it would be Wiegman’s Lionesses who relished the much better begin as Fran Kirby whipped in second minute crosses but Bethany England and Lauren Hemp unsuccessful to change their headers onto objective.
Sari van Veenendaal quickly located herself identified as into action as she denied Hemp and England in the seventh and 11th minutes respectively, right before fortunately looking at her bad 14th minute clearance strike Hemp but deflect huge of her individual intention.
Netherlands meanwhile continued to press superior and observed 13th moment penalty appeals denied immediately after Lineth Beerensteyn was fouled as she achieved Martens’ cross.
Beerensteyn then picked up Jill Roord’s pass in the 18th moment and dribbled her way into space inside the box, only for Mary Earps to block her shot then punch away Martens’ cross seconds afterwards as she collided with Beerensteyn.
Mark Parsons’ Oranje at some point noticed their stress shell out off as Millie Brilliant blocked Jackie Groenen’s cross, which led to Spitse’s consequential 22nd moment corner remaining headed in by Martens across into the still left corner further than Earps’ achieve.
Times later, van Veenendaal saved Chloe Kelly’s cross and brought on an instant counter-assault as Martens played by for Beerensteyn, who raced through on target but Rachel Daly experienced backtracked productively to intercept and distinct.
Alex Greenwood wasted a 28th moment possibility to equalise immediately after Aniek Nouwen experienced fouled Fran Kirby just outdoors the box, as Greenwood swung her absolutely free-kick reduced to the base appropriate corner but van Veenendaal dived throughout in time to make the conserve.
England nevertheless equalised just 4 minutes later as Kirby raced by on objective and her go uncovered an incoming Bronze on the correct, with the ideal-again unintentionally curling her cross into the best still left corner to restore parity.
Both of those teams finally settled down with Netherlands mostly dominant in their attacking push as the match sat poised at 1-1 into 50 %-time.
Wiegman and Parsons the two opted for modifications at the split as Kelly was replaced by Mead for the hosts, whilst Martens and Stefanie van der Gragt had been changed by van de Donk and Caitlin Dijkstra respectively.
Once the match recommenced, England obtained straight on the entrance foot as Daly played Hemp up the left but her shot was deflected to Mead, who could only deflect huge.
Netherlands’ first assault of the second-fifty percent arrived in the 49th moment as Dijkstra performed fellow substitute – Van de Donk up the right, with the latter fouled by Greenwood which was initially waved away by referee – Sandra Bráz Bastos until VAR obtained associated for the 1st time.
Bráz Bastos consequently awarded a penalty immediately after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor but Spitse fired the 52nd moment penalty wide of the appropriate corner by way of the article, even with Earps diving the correct way to consider and deny her.
England counter-attacked a moment later as Hemp swung in a cross from the left with Mead smashing in on her appropriate foot to put the hosts forward.
Hemp went on to generate a curled 66th moment shot which was saved by van Veenendaal who then blocked Mead’s header from Hemp’s cross a minute later on as the hosts soon dominated assault.
Substitute, Ella Toone sooner or later extra England’s 3rd as she reduce in from the still left in the 72nd minute and curled throughout into the right corner further than van Veenendaal’s arrive at.
Toone then fired Bronze’s pullback pass onto the right write-up which rebounded away and was cleared to Hemp, who was capable to volley into the top rated right corner outside of van Veenendaal’s get to to wrap up a at ease earn.
Mead extra her next target in the 90th minute after Keira Walsh teed up Toone who could not get a self-confident contact as she arrived into the box, with the ball in the long run deflected for the Arsenal winger to intercept and hearth in.
Victory also usually means that the Lionesses remain unbeaten in 13 matches given that Wiegman took charge from last September, as the crew proceeds to construct momentum ahead of the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro on home soil future thirty day period.
Talking article-match to ITV4, Wiegman praised equally teams for offering “a quite good activity on the optimum stage,” even though adding that she was impressed by how her Lionesses responded to conceding initial in a match beneath her reign.
Wiegman proceeded to make clear what this display screen implies moving ahead as she explained: “It reveals this group has a great deal of depth and so significantly high-quality, we have so much chance to transform the match and have much more effects.
“We can maintain up the tempo whilst the Netherlands dropped their tempo a small bit.”
England will conclude their UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 heat-up friendlies with a friendly away to Switzerland on Thursday 30 June in Zurich, where they will head on Monday for a 7 days-long training camp.
Netherlands meanwhile will host Belarus in a 2023 FIFA Women’s Earth Cup Qualifier on Tuesday 28 June, in advance of concluding their welcoming action on 2 July towards Finland with each matches taking place in Enschede, Netherlands.
England: Mary Earps, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly (Carter 76′), Millie Brilliant, Alex Greenwood (Stanway 63′), Leah Williamson, Keira Walsh, Fran Kirby (Toone 64′), Chloe Kelly (Mead 45′), Bethany England (Russo 63′), Lauren Hemp (Parris 81′)
Substitutes: Demi Stokes, Hannah Hampton, Ga Stanway, Ella Toone, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Alessia Russo, Jill Scott, Ellie Roebuck, Jess Carter
Netherlands: Sari van Veenendaal, Dominique Janssen, Aniek Nouwen, Stefanie van der Gragt (Dijkstra 45′), Lynn Wilms, Sherida Spitse (Egurrola 73′), Jackie Groenen, Victoria Pelova (Brugts 63′), Lieke Martens (van de Donk 45′), Jill Roord, Lineth Beerensteyn (Miedema 63′)
Substitutes: Barbara Lorsheyd, Esmee Brugts, Damaris Egurrola, Marisa Olislagers, Kerstin Casparij, Romee Leuchter, Daphne van Domselaar, Caitlin Dijkstra, Renate Jansen, Danielle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema, Merel van Dongen
Referee – Sandra Bráz Bastos