Lieke Martens was afraid that the Oranjevrouwen just as against Ireland (0-0) points would lose against Slovakia. The left prevented that Tuesday itself, by in injury time to score.
The joy was great in the Abe Lenstra Stadium after the wereldvoetbalster of the year finally managed the preeminent Slovak keepster Maria Korenciova to pass. Her curled shot landed beautifully into the far corner.
“The Slovaks were very tough”, recognised the player of FC Barcelona after the end. “The match against Ireland remained in my head down. Just as he wanted the ball.”
She saw her team mates a few times in the face with the Slovak keepster failure and himself knew Korenciova also not to pass. “I am also critical of myself. I had previously need to score”, she said to the NOS. “If we score, they break sooner.”