In the end it was a case of perfect timing for Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen.  

Her first shot on target at this year's Women's World Cup nestled in the bottom right corner of the Swedish net. 

It was joy unconfined for Groenen and her colleagues as they reached Sunday's decider against the USA.

Groenen's strike was the only goal of the game in Lyon, coming in extra time after what was a tight encounter.

Describing her 99th-minute winner, the 24-year-old Manchester United midfielder told RTÉ's Soccer correspondent Tony O'Donoghue: "The ball dropped to me, I could take a touch and had space to shoot.

"I remember people telling me 'You have to shoot more'. I was so happy it went in.

"The Swedish goalkeeper (Hedvig Lindahl) did very well, I played with her at Chelsea, she is an amazing goalkeeper."

And while Sweden were the better team for much of the 120 plus minutes, Groenen felt her side had the upper hand, particularly in that crucial additional period.

"Sweden started very well, attacked very well but I think we controlled the game a bit more in the second half.

"In extra time I felt we had more energy than they had and than got us through."

And so to the conclusion of the month-long tournament - the reigning World champions up against the European champions.

The latter camp are relishing what's in store, with Groenen adding: "We're in the final of the World Cup and that's massive. We are proud to have reached it. We did well in the Euros two years ago and we're doing well now.

"Obviously, the USA are a massive team and have lots of quality. We are going to do our best and give everything to try and win it.

"We're not scared of anyone."  

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