Sunday 6 August 2017

Van Den Berg lifts European Championship Trophy!

Mandy Van Den Berg has become the first Reading player to win the UEFA European Championship.

Mandy Van Den Berg, the captain of The Netherlands, lifted the UEFA European Championship trophy this evening as the Orange Lionesses beat Denmark 4-2 in front of a home crowd of 28,182.

The Netherlands, winning the championship for the very first time, did so through goals from Vivianne Miedema (2), Lieke Martens & Sherida Spitse.

The Danes took the lead through Nadia Nadim's early penalty, but the hosts quickly leveled as Miedema fired home. Barcelona’s Lieke Martens then put the Dutch ahead, however Denmark's Pernille Harder slotted in to make it 2-2. In the 51st minute Sherida Spitse curled in a free-kick to make it 3-2, before Miedema sealed the historic win with a clean finish.

Mandy Van Den Berg was substituted on in the late stages of the game, and was soon immersed in a party atmosphere once referee Esther Staubli blew her final whistle. 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 Women's European Championship.

Van Den Berg, who is the first Reading player to ever lift the trophy, will now enjoy two weeks of holiday before joining up with her Reading teammates ahead of the 2017/2018 Women’s Super League season. Fixtures for the coming season will be released tomorrow at 10:00am!