FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

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7 June - 7 July

FIFA Women's World Cup 2015™

Netherlands book maiden finals ticket

Netherlands players celebrates Miedema's goal
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Netherlands have reached their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup finals, after a Vivianne Miedema brace was enough to see off Italy 2-1 in their Canada 2015 play-off.

The Dutch struck twice before half-time to give themselves a strong grip on proceedings going into the final 45 minutes, but when Stephanie van der Gragt put through her own net eight minutes into the second period the hosts had a potential way back in Verona.

But needing a further two to overturn the Netherlands' away goals advantage, the Italians proved unable to mount a serious threat, as the visitors became the final European side to be issued their ticket to next year's tournament.

Both had impressed on their way tough qualifying, with both suffering just a single defeat, on the road to the final play-off match, where a 1-1 draw on Saturday in Den Haag had left them tie finely balanced. However Miedema's early exploits was too much to ask of the Azzurri, with their opponents in orange progressing 3-2 on aggregate.

They become the penultimate team to seal their place, with one of Ecuador or Trinidad and Tobago rounding off the selection of 24 on 2 Dec in Port of Spain, after a 0-0 draw in South America. The draw for the group stages of the finals will take place on 6 December and will be broadcast live on FIFA.com.

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