“I virtually by no means rating targets like [my winner],” van de Donk mentioned based on UEFA.com.
“Usually, I solely rating tap-ins. I do know the place the ball’s going, and I faucet it in. For this one, I do not know what was taking place!”
The Netherlands’ preparation had been disrupted by accidents and Covid which left it with out 4 of its finest gamers together with captain Sari van Veenendaal and all-time main goalscorer Vivianne Miedema.
Portugal virtually capitalized on the Dutch misfortune instantly, however an early try was dominated out for an offside.
Two minutes later, nonetheless, the Netherlands discovered its rhythm with two corners taken by Sherida Spitse in fast succession. On the second, Damaris Egurrola’s header discovered the again of the online to open the scoring.
As in its match in opposition to Switzerland on Saturday, Portugal conceded one other early purpose lower than 10 minutes afterwards.
Spitse delivered one other completely executed nook and, though Portugal initially repelled the Dutch assault, a purpose appeared inevitable because the ball ricocheted across the penalty field earlier than Stefanie van der Gragt finally headed the ball into the online to double the lead.
Regardless of discovering themselves trailing by two targets, the Iberians started creating possibilities.
One promising assault may solely be stopped by a Dutch foul and Carole Costa transformed the ensuing penalty to tug her facet again into competition 10 minutes earlier than halftime.
Portugal continued its comeback, beginning the second half with intent.
An excellent save from Dutch goalkeeper Daphne von Domselaar tipped the ball over the crossbar however, undeterred, the Portuguese assault continued to press and crafted one other alternative a minute later which Diana Silva completed with a header.
After leveling from two targets down, all of the momentum lay with Portugal, and it took van de Donk’s otherworldly strike to place the reigning champion forward once more.
“We competed, and that was our purpose for this sport, with braveness, ambition, figuring out who we have been up in opposition to,” mentioned Portugal coach Francisco Neto, based on UEFA.com.
“There have been occasions after we weren’t as organized as we must always have been, and once more some small particulars made the distinction. However my crew confirmed an perspective, a dedication that leaves me feeling so happy with what they did.”
The Netherlands now sits on the cusp of a quarterfinal spot on the prime of its group with yet another group stage match to play in opposition to Switzerland on Sunday.