Reading FC Women defender Mandy van den Berg and her Dutch teammates made history on Sunday evening, lifting the European Championship title for the first time for their nation!
Van den Berg, captain of the Dutch national side and a Royal since last November, was introduced in the late stages against Denmark in the final with her side in the ascendency with a 4-2 lead.
In front of a full house at Arke Stadion in Enschede, it was the Danes who struck first. Sanne Troelsgaard drew a foul in the box, allowing Nadia Nadim to slot a penalty to quieten the home crowd after just six minutes.
But the lead was shortlived, before Vivianne Miedema was left with the simple task of converting a low cross after Shanice van de Sanden had blistered down the flank – they were level again by the tenth minute.
And before half an hour had passed, Lieke Martens had the Dutch ahead for the first time – a tame shot from the edge of the area was seen late by goalkeeper Stina Lykke Petersen and crept inside the post. But then, five minutes later, Pernille Harder was released clean through, and onside – and took the chance well to make it 2-2.
The Netherlands led again six minutes after the interval as a well-worked set-piece allowed Sherida Spitse to place in her effort, and new Arsenal arrival Miedema wrapped things up in the 89th minute with a cleanly struck shot as she cut in off the left.
And soon after Van den Berg was introduced, the entire Dutch camp poured onto the pitch to join in with the jubilation of being crowned European champions on home soil!
Amongst the sea of orange were Dutch legends Marco van Basten and Louis van Gaal, who watched on with delight as Van den Berg lifted the trophy, as the Netherlands became only the fourth different nation to win the tournament in its history!