Daphne van Domselaar prepared for her “most important” match of her profession within the European Championship quarter-finals

Daphne van Domselaar was among the many least skilled gamers within the Netherlands squad when Euro 2022 began earlier this month. Now the 22-year-old is about to be remembered as one in every of the event’s breakout gamers after being thrown into the deep finish.

Van Domselaar might have been forgiven for not anticipating to get on the pitch this summer season, seeing her inclusion within the squad as primarily a lesson for the long run behind established worldwide veteran and Oranje Leeuwinnen captain Sari van Veenendaal.

But when Van Veenendaal was injured 20 minutes into the primary match towards Sweden, Van Domselaar bought his sudden probability. It was sink or swim, however she swam and made a handful of excellent saves that contributed to a crucial level in a 1-1 draw.

A debutant with FC Twente at 17 and an Eredivisie title winner in 2019, 2021 and 2022, Van Domselaar is used to first-team soccer. But her worldwide profession solely started earlier this 12 months and a pleasant towards Sweden in February was her solely senior look earlier than two weeks in the past.

Born on the outskirts of Amsterdam, she has a slight body however is tall and athletic with a protracted attain. In the matches since her sudden arrival towards Sweden, the hardest attainable begin to the event, Van Domselaar has continued to develop in confidence.

Ahead of going through France in Saturday’s quarter-final, she agreed it is going to be “the most important match” of her profession to this point when talking to the media.

Van Domselaar insists that stress is an element of being a goalkeeper, however she tries to rise above it: “I don’t feel the pressure. Pressure is a goalkeeping thing … you are under pressure to stop the ball … I know what I can do and what the team can do.”

Presented with the likelihood that she may find yourself because the hero on Saturday night time if her staff has been profitable, Van Domselaar laughed it off, however added, “It’s nice to be important to the team.”

Netherlands coach Mark Parsons has each religion in his goalkeeper’s skill. The message he gave her as she bought able to advance towards Sweden was to only deal with the subsequent jiffy and never fear in regards to the larger image or the recreation as an entire.

“Just do your thing and make it halftime,” she recalled him saying at that second.

Overall, Parsons has been happy with how Van Domselaar has made the profitable transition to a beginning goalkeeper at the best stage, not that he ever doubted her expertise.

“She had some excellent moments [against Sweden],” he mentioned.

“Not shocked by the efficiency or the standard, however excited by the influence as a result of we have all seen the standard. We know our gamers very effectively,” he added.

“It’s the same with [Victoria] Pelova, [Esmee] used, [Romee] lanterns, [Kerstin] Casparij and Marisa [Olislagers]. You hope and dream when you make a sub that this is the effect.”

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