England snatch thrilling Women's Nations League win over Netherlands

football01 December 2023 22:10| © AFP
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England kept Great Britain's Olympic bid alive with a stirring fightback from two goals down to beat the Netherlands 3-2 in the Women's Nations League on Friday.

The Lionesses were in danger of a third defeat in Group A1 after Lineth Beerensteyn notched a first-half brace for the Dutch at Wembley.

That would have ended Team GB's hopes of featuring in next year's Olympics in Paris.

But Sarina Wiegman's side battled back with two goals in quick succession from Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp just before the hour mark.

England substitute Ella Toone completed the sensational escape act in the first minute of stoppage time to the delight of the 71 632 crowd.

With second-placed England and group leaders the Netherlands both beating each other by one goal, the pair are separated by goal difference instead of their head-to head record.

World Cup runners-up England will reach February's Nations League finals with a win over Scotland at Hampden Park in their last group match on Tuesday, provided the Netherlands do not beat Belgium.

Team GB can qualify for the Olympics if nominated nation England make it to the Nations League finals and advance to the final.

Great Britain would also seal an Olympic berth if England finish third in the Nations League finals, provided France make the final.

Belgium drew 1-1 with Scotland in Friday's other Group A1 contest.