Hosts Netherlands win Women’s Euro 2017 opener

Hosts Netherlands got their Women’s Euro 2017 campaign off to a successful start with a deserved win over Norway.

Liverpool’s Shanice van de Sanden scored the only goal, heading in Lieke Martens’ pin-point cross from close range after 66 minutes.

Netherlands could have opened the scoring in the opening 30 seconds, but Ingrid Hjelmseth kept out a shot from Arsenal’s Danielle van de Donk.

In the second game in Group A, Denmark defeated Belgium 1-0.

Sanne Troelsgaard headed in the only goal in Doetinchem after Pernille Harder’s free-kick was tipped on to the crossbar.

The closest Belgium came to finding the net was through Janice Cayman’s flicked effort, but Danish goalkeeper Stina Lykke Petersen did well to push the ball to safety.

Norway come up against Belgium on Thursday in their next group game (17:00 BST kick-off), while Netherlands face Denmark on the same day (19:45 BST kick-off).

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