Santiago (3 Dec, 2016): The Netherlands and Argentina qualified for their third consecutive Women’s Junior World Cup final on Sunday at Club Deportivo Manquehue.
The Dutch, defending the title their won in 2013 and 2009, both times by defeating the Argentineans in the final, knocked Spain off the pedestal with 4-0 win in the first semi-finals while the Argentineans ended Australians hopes with 4-2 victory in the second semi-finals.
Belgium beat the United States 2-1 and Germany won their encounter 1-0 against England in the 5-8th place classification matches.
Pleun van der Plas had Netherlands on the scoreboard by the 11th minute – her fifth goal in the tournament, while top goal-scorer Frederique Matla extended her lead at the top of the charts after scoring two penalty strokes in this game, the first in the 22nd minute and the second only two minutes from half-time. Maxime Kerstholt made it 4-0 in the 58th minute.
The Dutch dominated the Junior World Cup here by scoring a total of 37 goals so far; nearly double that of their next opponents Argentina (21).
Netherlands captain Maartje Krekelaar, said: “I think we did great tonight. We had a lot of beautiful combinations, beautiful goals so it was a great day. Argentina are very good, they are very skilful, have good attacking structure so it will be a tough game.”
Australia takes on Spain for the bronze medals while Germany and Belgium will settle for 5-6th placing match.
Belgium opened the scoring against the United States in fine fashion as Daphne Gose finished off an exchange of passing in the seventh minute and Lien Hillewaert doubled the lead through open play just before half-time.
However, the Americans did get some reward as Erin Matson scored from a penalty corner with only two minutes left on the clock. But it was too little too late for the US who were unable to draw level as Belgium took the win and progressed to the 5th-6th classification match against Germany.
Teresa Martin Pelegrina’s flick over England goalkeeper Miriam Pritchard in the 33rd minute was enough to give Germany the win in what was an evenly matched battle throughout. Both teams had several chances, with Germany perhaps creating the better in both halves.
The win puts Germany into the 5th-6th playoff tie whilst England will play the United States in the seventh or eighth position match.