Women's World Cup: Netherlands loves underdog status, says Van de Donk

European Champion Netherlands, ranked eighth in the world will take on World number one United States of America in the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday.

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Danielle van de Donk thinks that the USA underestimating the Dutch may work to their advantage in Sunday's final.   -  Getty Images

Netherlands are relishing their underdog status ahead of the women's World Cup final against the United States on Sunday, midfielder Danielle van de Donk said.

The Dutch side will take on the thrice champions in Sunday's title clash at Lyon and Van de Donk said her team will not be overawed by its more celebrated opponents.

"I love being underdogs," Van de Donk told reporters. "It's the best role you can be in. I like it.

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"I don't know the English word but I don't think they (the U.S.) think we're that good. Underestimate? Yes, thats it. That is going to be an advantage for us."

Reigning European champions Netherlands struggled to qualify for the World Cup, having progressed through playoffs, but is now playing its second consecutive major final.

Sarina Wiegman's side has shown it can find the extra gear when needed and has won each of its six matches in the tournament, scoring 11 goals and conceding just three in the process.

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"We are European champions, not just anyone," Van de Donk added.

"I'm very proud of the team, I'm very proud of the Netherlands and I think we came this far as well because we have such amazing support all the time."