FIFA Women’s World Cup: Netherlands ‘love’ underdog status in World Cup final, says van de Donkhttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/football/netherlands-love-underdog-status-in-world-cup-final-van-de-donk-5816370/

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Netherlands ‘love’ underdog status in World Cup final, says van de Donk

The Dutch side will take on the thrice champions in Sunday's title clash at Lyon and Van de Donk said her team will not be overawed by their more celebrated opponents.

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius is tackled by Netherlands’ Merel Van Dongen during the semifinal soccer match between the nations. (AP Photo)

The Netherlands are relishing their underdog status ahead of the women’s World Cup final against the United States on Sunday, midfielder Danielle van de Donk has said.

The Dutch side will take on the thrice champions in Sunday’s title clash at Lyon and Van de Donk said her team will not be overawed by their more celebrated opponents.

“I love being underdogs,” Van de Donk told reporters. “It’s the best role you can be in. I like it.”I don’t know the English word but I don’t think they (the US) think we’re that good. Underestimate? Yes, that’s it. That is going to be an advantage for us.”

Reigning European champions the Netherlands struggled to qualify for the World Cup, having progressed through playoffs, but are now playing their second consecutive major final.

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Sarina Wiegman’s side has shown they can find the extra gear when needed and have won each of their six matches in the tournament, scoring 11 goals and conceding just three in the process.

“We are European champions, not just anyone,” Van de Donk added. “I’m very proud of the team, I’m very proud of the Netherlands and I think we came this far as well because we have such amazing support all the time.”