Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema has been ruled out for their game against Portugal at Euro 2022 after testing positive for COVID. In 2017, Miedema led the Netherlands to the title scoring four goals including a brace in the final. Her international record is impeccable scoring 94 goals in 112 appearances. It is a big blow for Mark Parsons after losing goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for the tournament with a shoulder injury. Portugal is no doubt the underdogs but is currently on a five-match unbeaten run. They showed their steel in their opening game when they came from 2-0 down to rescue a point against Switzerland.
“Vivianne Miedema has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore go into isolation in the coming days,” Netherlands said in a statement about Vivianne Miedema. “When she no longer has symptoms and tests negative, she can rejoin the team.”
They’re going to be ready, they’re going to be very difficult. No complacency, we have to be at our best at every moment,” Netherlands head coach Mark Parsons said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve played in World Cup qualification multiple times when you would say: ‘OK, the Netherlands should be favorites.’ Women’s football continues to rise and you have to respect everyone. You have to be very focused and switched on.”
“We need to start super-focused on our jobs. At this level, mistakes will be punished. Against experienced teams, used to these games, with players with huge talent, we need to be fully focused and try to negate the attacking talents of the Netherlands,” Portugal head coach Francisco Neto said. “There’s only one way to do that: have the ball and keep the ball. That’s our mission. We have been punching above our weight for years. We have to be more united, better organized defensively, and avoid losing the ball when we do have it.”
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