4 Van der Gragt and Brugts claim winning goal: ‘It was a black hole’

4 Van der Gragt and Brugts claim winning goal: ‘It was a black hole’

At the Women in Orange, no one knew who had scored the winning goal in the decisive World Cup qualifier against Iceland in the crazy final. Was Esmee Brugts over the sail or did Stefanie van der Gragt hit the ball with her crown?

National coach Andries Jonker and captain Sherida Spitse thought that Van der Gragt had the last move. According to the statistics, Brugts, not Van der Gragt, awarded the Orange Women the World Cup ticket. There was confusion among players, coaches and reporters in the conference room. NU.nl also made a mistake.

Van der Gragt and Brugts entered the interrogation room at the same time. “I really don’t know if I hit him,” Van der Gragt started. The solid defender was sent forward in the final phase to force the coveted goal. “It was a nice pass from Esmee and such a ball is very difficult for the keeper. I am not a striker, I have no claim.”

More than half of the four added minutes in Stadion Galgenwaard had already passed when Brugts brought the ball back to his right foot. Jonker sent the 19-year-old forward in the 66th minute with the mission to give strong players the widest possible crosses.

“I did this for the tenth time,” Brugts said. “Not all balls were good, only this one was really great. It didn’t even need to be touched. ‘Steef’ goes in because it is there. The keeper also has to respond to that.”

“Who did it? We both give to each other. Assist or goal, I don’t care. I’ll look at it again. I really don’t know. It was a black hole for me there.” Brugts told about the crazy scenes after the goal.

Did Stefanie van der Gragt touch Esmee Brugts’ cross or not?


Did Stefanie van der Gragt touch Esmee Brugts' cross or not?

Did Stefanie van der Gragt touch Esmee Brugts’ cross or not?

Photographer: professional shooting

Brugts: “This is what you dreamed of as a child”

Van der Gragt admitted in the final stage that it was also “squeezing the buttocks” for the players. Before the opening, Holland hit the bar three times and the post once. In the meantime, Iceland also took the ball off the line once and the Netherlands sought a penalty several times.

“Fenna Kalma came by and I said to her: ‘It will fall,'” says Van der Gragt. “But it still has to be. It wasn’t easy. But I never thought it would work. We played very well, especially in the first half. Then you have to reward yourself.”

For Brugts, his leading role in Utrecht is a new high point at the start of his career. The talented 19-year-old from PSV made her international debut in February and played several times at the European Championships in England. The goal that led the Netherlands to the World Cup has now been added.

“This is what you dreamed of as a kid,” said Brugts, who admitted he was nervous about the tiebreak with Iceland. “My whole year has accelerated. It’s September and I’ve been through so much, I really couldn’t have imagined it beforehand. Young people have many opportunities. But I’m just going to play in my head. fundamentally in a few years.”

Brugts always sleeps badly after matches. That will be the case after the amazing final stage in Utrecht. “So now I have enough time to think about who scored. I can also view the images.”

Esmee Brugts played in Orange Women.


Esmee Brugts played in Orange Women.

Esmee Brugts played in Orange Women.

Photographer: Getty Images

Source: NU

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