The Netherlands have booked a place in the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. They beat Italy 2-0 in a quarterfinal clash in Valenciennes on Saturday.

In the semis, they await the winner of the last quarterfinal of the event where Germany clash against Sweden.

Italy and the Netherlands were eager to join England and the United States of America in the semis. England beat Norway 3-0 in their quarterfinal clash, while the US knocked out the hosts, France, beating them by 2-1 in Paris on Friday.

It was goalless in the first half of the Italy-Netherlands match. In the second half, the Dutch upped the tempo as they pushed numbers forward.

The Netherlands won a set-piece and they made it count.

The Dutch were smelling blood, winning one free-kick after the other. The Italians were aware of the threat posed by their opponents in the dead-ball situation. That, however, did not stop them from committing fouls inside their half. The Dutch, once again, punished them with yet another header.