Portugal vs USA FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 highlights | USA are through to the last 16 after a nervy 0-0 draw against Portugal

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USA advanced to the last 16 of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 as Group E runners-up after a 0-0 draw with Portugal.
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The USA will face the Olympic conquerors Sweden after a goalless draw with Portugal in their last group-stage game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The dutches on the other side, hammered Vietnam by 7-0 to finish top in Group E. The Portuguese head for home, but with pride and reputation after playing a dominating draw against this tournament’s record champions and top-ranked team. The reigning champions did qualify for the last 16 but they are not having a best outing this time. Portugal were unlucky. They were the better team despite the stats. The USA didn’t threaten the Portuguese backline as they did. Ana Capeta almost won it for Portugal but it was not meant to be.

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Portugal (possible 5-2-1-2) Pereira; T Pinto, Borges, C Costa, D Gomes, Amado; Dolores Silva, Norton; Nazareth; J Silva, Diana Silva.
Substitutes: Morais, R Costa, Alves, Rebelo, Marchao, Jacinto, Rute, F Pinto, Seica, Mendes, Capeta, Encarnacao.

USA (possible 4-1-2-3) Naeher; Fox, Ertz, Girma, Dunn; Sullivan; Lavelle, Horan; Williams, Morgan, Smith.
Substitutes: DeMelo, Rodman, Sanchez, Huerta, O’Hara, Thompson, Cook, Sonnett, Rapinoe, Murphy, Kingsbury, Mewis.

Referee: Rebecca Welch (England).

Time for the National Anthems | 12:25 P.M. (IST)

The players are out of the tunnel. It is time for the anthems.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Portugal vs USA | 12:30 P.M (IST) | Kick Off

The USA gets the game underway.

Corner for USA | 4′

Lavelle’s inswinging corner is headed on by Williams and claimed by Pereira.

A slow start from Portugal | 9′

They are allowing the opposition to keep the ball and form an attack.

Chance for Portugal | 15′

 Jessica Silva was through on goal, but she shoots wide from the edge of the area.

Corner for USA | 22′

Sullivan’s corner is punched away well under pressure by Pereira.

The Portuguese goalkeeper is down | 25′

Pereira is down after a collision with Alex Morgan but she is completely fine.

Great chance for USA | 27′

Morgan gets around the back of the defence on the left. Her cutback hits a defender and is blocked by Pereira, who then makes a brilliant follow-up save from Williams. The ball comes back to Williams again, who lifts it over from five yards. opportunity missed.

USA are looking good now | 30′

At this moment, Portugal are keeping the majority of the ball but the USA are looking fine. They are producing chances but have to be clinical in front of goal to open the scoring.

Netherlands are 4-0 up | 35′

On the other side, the dutches are destroying Vietnam.

Shifting momentum | 38′

An important time in the game and Portugal are finally waking up. They have started to produce some chances. The USA are in deep trouble.

Yellow card for Lavelle | 39′

Lavelle is booked for a lunge at Dolores Silva. That’s bad news for the USA: Lavelle will be suspended for their last-16 game if they qualify from here.

The Portuguese domination | 42′

Portugal have to win the game to qualify for the last 16 and they are looking dangerous at this moment. The USA are allowing them to keep the ball but a goal can change the whole structure of the clash.

It’s still 0-0 | 45′

Two minutes of added time.

Lynn Williams almost scores | 45+2′

Williams came on the blindside of Borges to control the ball on the thigh. It bounced up slightly awkwardly and she takes a shot straight at Pereira.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Portugal (0) vs USA (0) | Half-time

Lynn Williams had a couple of good chances, but that aside they really struggled in attack. Portugal dominated possession. Kika Nazareth missed an early chance of their own through Jessica Silva.

Portugal vs USA | Second half: Kick Off | 46′

Portugal get the second half underway.

Fouls on both sides | 50′

A slow start to the second half, with a couple of niggly fouls on both sides.

Smith is booked | 52′

Smith is booked for hoofing Diana Silva in the face.

Yellow card for Carole Costa | 56′

Carole Costa is booked for pulling back Morgan on the right edge of the area.

Substitution for the USA | 61′

Sophia Smith is replaced by Megan Rapinoe.

Carole Costa is down | 67′

Carole Costa has been down for a couple of minutes. She ran into Williams’s elbow while defending a corner.

Yellow Card for Gomes | 72′

Diana Gomes gets a yellow card for a foul on Morgan. She’ll miss the next match if Portugal do get through.

It’s still 0-0 | 75′

The USA are still unable to produce their best, but they have had more control of this game in the second half.

Yellow Card for Girma | 81′

Girma is booked for a cynical foul on Jessica Silva.

Substitution for Portugal | 81′

Telma Encarnacao replaces Andreia Norton.

Double Substitution for the USA | 84′

Trinity Rodman and Emily Sonnett replace Lynn Williams and Lindsey Horan.

Pereira is down again | 87′

Lavelle drops a corner under the bar, where Pereira is flattened by Sonnett. She might have been booked for that.

Double Substitution for Portugal | 90′

Ana Capeta and Joana Marchao replace Catarina Amado and Diana Silva.

It’s still 0-0 | 90+1′

There will be eight minutes of added time.

What an opportunity for Portugal | 90+1′

Marchao has hit the post.

Both substitutes of Portugal hit the post | 90+2′

Ana Capeta hits the post.

Double Substitution for the USA | 90+7′

Alyssa Thompson and Kelley O’Hara replace Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Portugal (0) vs USA (0) | Full-time

We have to admit that Portugal were unlucky. They were the better team despite the stats. The USA didn’t threaten the Portuguese backline as they did. Ana Capeta almost won it for Portugal but it was not meant to be. The USA survived the humiliation and booked their tickets for the last 16 behind the Netherlands.

“It’s tough to finish second. We gave everything; we just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net. In the last few minutes, we just had to hold it down, get the result and move on. It’s not the result we wanted, but we move forward.”

Alex Morgan

“We had so many corners, so many opportunities, we got the crosses in. We’ve been unlucky, at times we haven’t followed through with shots or made the right decisions in front of the goal – all that combined.”

Alex Morgan concluded

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