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Dutch reach first Women's World Cup final, will face US

 


LYON, France (AP) — When Jackie Groenen received the ball, even though she was outside the penalty area, the Dutch midfielder knew she had to seize her opening.

It was 99 minutes into a grueling Women's World Cup semifinal, and neither the Netherlands nor Sweden was finding a clear path to the goal Wednesday night.

"I saw a nice angle," Groenen said. "We've been discussing this for a couple of weeks now that I need to take shots more often. The ball just came really nicely, and I thought, 'Let's do this.'"

A slick passing sequence ended with Groenen driving a shot past goalkeeper Hedvig L...



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