Women’s Euro preview: Vivianne Miedema out for Netherlands with Covid as Switzerland juggle illness outbreak ahead of Sweden game | Soccer News

Vivianne Miedema has been ruled out for the Netherlands’ second Euro group game against Portugal after testing positive for Covid, with Switzerland juggling an outbreak of illness ahead of their game against Sweden.

Sweden vs Switzerland: How will stomach ailments affect the Swiss?

Switzerland enter their second group match as their side have been plagued by a stomach ache for the past few days. They had to cancel training on Monday with eight players absent due to illness.

The Swiss should be able to field a team against Sweden on Wednesday night, but head coach Nils Nielsen and his team will have to manage their players.

Talk to UEFA.comhe said: “Some of them aren’t feeling well yet, so it’s very doubtful. But others haven’t been hit so badly that they might be ready for tomorrow.”

Switzerland have been hit by a virus, affecting their preparation for their game against Sweden

“It’s not an ideal situation at all but we always prepare as best we can and make sure the girls have every chance to prepare theoretically. And then we have to see how much power we have in the legs to run it.

“With all these things, of course, it becomes more difficult, but it’s not impossible. If we can put 11 players on the pitch, we can always beat them. It’s just that the chances of beating them decrease everything. time if things are not going well does not start our way.

“If you’ve been really sick and haven’t been able to eat at all, you might not feel ready for this game. We can’t know for sure yet. Fingers crossed.”

Ramona Bachmann gave insight into Switzerland's preparation in recent days
Ramona Bachmann gave insight into Switzerland’s preparation in recent days

Ramona Bachmann also gave insight into how Switzerland prepared while trying to contain an outbreak.

“Especially inside, [she has been] in my room,” she added. UEFA.com. “We were isolated from each other, we weren’t allowed to train, we weren’t allowed to eat together either, so we were served food in our rooms.

“It was a bit boring to be honest. But that’s what you have to do to make sure you don’t spread it.

“[Switzerland prepared] especially with videos, since we weren’t allowed to leave the room. So we had video calls and we went through the videos like we usually do.”

Netherlands vs Portugal: Miedema absent with the Covid

Dutch striker Miedema has tested positive for Covid and self-isolated ahead of their second European Championship group game against Portugal.

Miedema led the Netherlands to the title after scoring four goals in the 2017 edition, including a brace in the final. The 25-year-old has scored 94 goals in 112 international appearances.

“Vivianne Miedema has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore go into self-isolation in the coming days,” the Dutch team announced on Tuesday. “When she has no more symptoms and the tests are negative, she can join the team.”

Van Veenendaal was injured in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sweden
Sari van Veenendaal picked up the injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sweden

It’s another absence headache for Mark Parsons and the Netherlands, who are already without goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for the rest of the Euros with a shoulder injury.

Daphne van Domselaar, 20, is expected to take her place as the Netherlands aim for their first victory in their title defense, entering the match as heavy favorites.

Head coach Parsons said: “They’re going to be ready, they’re going to be very tough.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve played World Cup qualifying several times when you said, ‘OK, the Netherlands should be favourites.’ Women’s football continues to rise and you have to respect everyone, you have to be very focused and connected.

“No complacency, we must be at our best at all times.”

Despite being considered the underdog, Portugal are on a five-game unbeaten run and showed superb determination to recover from a 2-0 draw to take a point against Switzerland.

Diana Gomes sparked Portugal's comeback early in the second half
Diana Gomes sparked a Portugal comeback early in the second half

Head coach Francisco Neto said: “We have to start focusing on our job. At this level mistakes will be punished.

“Against experienced teams, used to these games, with players with enormous talent, we have to be fully focused and try to negate the attacking talents of the Netherlands.

“There’s only one way to do it: get the ball and keep it. That’s our mission. We’ve been punching above our weight for years. We need to be more united, better organized defensively and avoid losing the ball when we have that.”

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Euro 2022: The groups…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Euro 2022: The schedule…

Group stage

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England 1-0 Austria

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland

Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland

Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium 1-1 Iceland

Group D: France 5-1 Italy

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland

Group A: England 8-0 Norway

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark 1-0 Finland

Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s

Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland vs Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – Kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout stage


Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium

friday july 22

Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium


tuesday july 26

Semi-final 1: Winner quarter-final 1 v Winner quarter-final 3 – kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK


Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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