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Vivianne Miedema prevented an embarrassment for the Orange Women on Friday with the debut of the new national coach Mark Parsons.

The striker saved a point for the Netherlands in the final phase of the World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic: 1-1.

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The Czech Republic surprisingly took the lead just after the break thanks to a goal from Andrea Stasková.

After half intervention by Sisca Folkertsma, the Czech striker pushed the ball into the far corner of keeper Sari van Veenendaal.

After Lieke Martens had already shot at the bar, it was Miedema who saved a point for the Orange Women in the final quarter.

The striker broke through in the 83rd minute and skilfully finished in the far corner.

Substitute Victoria Pelova was then close to winning 2-1, but her shot hit the inside of the post.

The 35-year-old Parsons is the successor of Sarina Wiegman, who left for the English women's team after more than four years.

Under Wiegman's leadership, the Netherlands became European champion in 2017 and reached the World Cup final two years later, losing to the United States.

America was also too strong for the Orange Women in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last summer, who went down after penalties.

The Netherlands-Czech Republic was the first game after the disappointing tournament for the Netherlands.

The Orange squad continues the qualifying series for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next Tuesday with an away game against Iceland.

Only the group winner qualifies directly for the tournament.

The runner-up plays the play-offs.

Dominique Janssen is on the skin of the Czech Tereza Krejciríková.

Dominique Janssen is on the skin of the Czech Tereza Krejciríková.

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Orange women have a difficult start

With record international Sherida Spitse on the reserve bench, the Netherlands started the duel in the Euroborg moderately.

The Orange Women were careless in possession of the ball and therefore did not come up with a single chance in the opening phase.

Only Jill Roord pushed the ball powerlessly past the Czech goal.

After ten minutes of play, the Czech Republic even seemed to take the lead.

Stasková left Sari van Veenendaal without a chance with a shot into the far corner, but the Croatian referee Ivana Martincic rejected the goal because of light pushing at Dominique Janssen.

After the warning shot from the Czech Republic, the Orange Women became a lot more dangerous.

Shanice van de Sanden was unable to promote a pass from Vivianne Miedema to a goal and a shot by Stefanie van der Gragt was caught by Czech keeper Barbora Votíková.

The biggest chance was for Jackie Groenen after 36 minutes.

The midfielder had the ball before the shot after a cross from Folkertsma was turned, but the Czech Klára Cahynová headed the bet away on the goal line.

Just before half-time, another shot by Van der Gragt was saved by Votíková.

The Czech players are thrilled after Andrea Stasková's opening goal.

The Czech players are thrilled after Andrea Stasková's opening goal.

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Lightning fast 0-1 after the break

The second half was over a minute old when things went completely wrong for the Orange Women.

Daniëlle van de Donk lost the ball and after half intervention by right back Folkertsma, who is normally an attacker, Stasková pushed the ball into Van Veenendaal's far corner: 0-1.

The Orange Women were clearly excited after the surprising goal from the Czech Republic, but after ten minutes of play, Parsons' team recovered and Martens was close to 1-1.

Her left-handed shot hit the crossbar.

Especially after the introduction of Spitse and Lineth Beerensteyn, the Czech Republic was put against the wall, which resulted in Miedema's equalizing goal in the 83rd minute.

Aniek Nouwen put the striker alone in front of the keeper and the all-time top scorer of the Orange Women did not fail: 1-1.

In the remaining seven minutes, the Orange Women pulled out all the stops for the winning 2-1.

In the 86th minute, substitute Pelova was also close, but her shot ended on the inside of the post, giving Parsons a false start as national coach of the Orange Women.

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