Good evening and welcome to this live blog.

My name is Mitch Marinus and I will keep you informed about the World Cup qualifier of the Orange Women against the Czech Republic.

  • Qualifying series for the 2023 World Cup

  • 8.45 pm:

  • Netherlands-Czech Republic

  • Debut national coach Parsons

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The FC Groningen stadium is not unfamiliar territory for the Orange women.

An international match has been played in this stadium twice before: on October 24, 2017, the World Cup qualifier against Norway was won 1-0.

Three years later, Estonia was beaten 7-0 in the European Championship qualifiers.

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With the Czech Republic, record international Lucie Martínková is in the tip of the attack.

The 34-year-old attacker plays in her own country for Sparta Prague and has now won 109 international matches.

She scored 23 goals in it.

Czech Republic line-up:


Dlasková, Bertholdova, Necidova, Bartonova;

Krejciríková, Cahynová, Dubcova;

Stasková, Martínková, Szewieczková

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Sherida Spitse is missing from the Orange squad in Mark Parsons' first basic line-up.

As in the Olympic quarterfinal against the United States, which was lost after penalties, the midfield consists of Jill Roord, Daniëlle van de Donk and Jackie Groenen.

Netherlands setup:

Van Veenendaal;

Folkertsma, Van der Gragt, Nouwen, Janssen;

Roord, Van de Donk, Groenen;

Van de Sanden, Miedema, Martens.

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The players have arrived at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium.


We are here!

👋 #NEDCZE #WKKqualification


AuthorOranjeLeeuwinnenMoment of places17: 28 - 17 September 2021

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So the 2023 World Cup, that's what it's all about in this qualifying series.

The Orange will compete in a not too difficult group in the coming months against Iceland, the Czech Republic, Belarus and Cyprus.

All these four countries have never played in a World Cup before.

The team of Mark Parsons has already been qualified for the European Championship of 2022 in England.

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Parsons may not only make his first appearance with the Orange Women.

Five players hope for their debut tonight during the game against the Czech Republic: Jill Baijings (SGS Essen), Kerstin Casparij (FC Twente), Caitlin Dijkstra (FC Twente), Claire Dinkla (sc Heerenveen) and Barbara Lorsheyd (ADO The Hague).

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New era at Orange women: 'This team needed something new'

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After the painful elimination at the Olympic Games, the Orange Women are ushering in a new era today.

No longer with national coach Sarina Wiegman, but with Briton Mark Parsons, the Orange squad is starting the hunt for participation in the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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