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How social media reacted

How social media responded to a vital round of international fixtures

The cream of the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship wore their hearts on their sleeves and social media feeds amid a crucial week of international action.

Dreams of the 2019 World Cup in France next summer were on the line as European sides faced off in a pair of pulsating play-off semi-finals, with friendlies also in full swing.

Netherlands, sporting five FA WSL players in their squad, qualified for the play-off final with a 4-1 aggregate win over Denmark while Switzerland joined them by beating Belgium.

England emerged from their friendly clash with Australia with a creditable 1-1 draw, Phil Neville’s side remaining unbeaten in their two international break assignments.

The fallout and festivities were all documented by the players themselves on social media – here’s the best of what they had to share.

Both defenders and team-mates with club and country, Everton duo Inessa Kaagman and Siri Worm are inseparable – revelling in Netherlands’ 2-1 second-leg win on Tuesday.

FA WSL rivalries were put to one side as Bristol City’s Danique Kerkdijk expressed her unbridled joy at being one win away from France, alongside Arsenal’s Danielle van de Donk.

Meanwhile, Gunners midfielder Dominique Bloodworth took to Instagram to thank Lineth Beerensteyn whose two goals helped her country through to the play-off final.

It was a contrasting picture for Manchester City ace Nadia Nadim, who scored in Viborg but ended on the losing side

Switzerland and Chelsea star Ramona Bachmann was delighted to come out on the winning side of a gripping tie that saw the Swiss squeeze through on away goals

Meanwhile England’s Alex Greenwood, skipper of FA Women’s Championship leaders Manchester United, hailed the home support at both friendlies

And an unexpected call-up in the absence of City’s Karen Bardsley left United stopper Siobhan Chamberlain with plenty of motivation

The undisputed star of the show was Chelsea sensation Fran Kirby, who scored in both of England’s games against Australia and Brazil

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