Dazzling Dutch beat Denmark in thriller to win Euro 2017

The Netherlands won their first major women’s international tournament after a thrilling victory over Denmark in the Euro 2017 final on home soil.

Denmark led through Nadia Nadim’s early penalty but the Dutch soon levelled as Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema tucked in.

Lieke Martens put the hosts ahead with a precise 20-yard finish, but Denmark’s Pernille Harder slotted in to equalise.

Dutch captain Sherida Spitse blasted in a free-kick to make it 3-2, and Miedema sealed a historic triumph late on.

Surprise finalists Denmark had pushed for another equaliser late on, as Sanne Troelsgaard went close with a swerving half-volley which dipped past the right-hand post.

But the Dutch, backed by the majority of a sold-out 28,182 crowd in Enschede, never looked in serious danger of conceding again and put the game beyond the Danes when Miedema scored the fourth.

It sparked a party atmosphere inside the FC Twente Stadion where virtually every home supporter was wearing the national team colour of orange.

An emotional Miedema appeared to be in tears in the final few seconds of the match, before the stadium erupted when the final whistle was blown.

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