Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Clearly no win at the 2023 World Cup is guaranteed, and the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) likely needs all three points against Portugal to top Group E.
Only a loss would bounce the reigning champions from the tournament, but the United States (U.S.) has work to do to stay ahead of the Netherlands.
The U.S. sits atop the group with a +2 goal differential advantage over the Dutch, with whom they are tied at four points after their 1-1 draw.
The Netherlands play Vietnam last and will try to beat the USWNT’s 3-0 scoreline from their opening matchup.
The U.S. will likewise want to stay ahead on goal differential with a strong statement against Portugal, who sits on three points.
With unchanged lineups in their first two matches, U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski should lean into the team’s depth and combat fatigue.
Canada’s World Cup dreams are over, as Australia definitively took down the Olympic champs 4-0 to survive the Group of Death and advance alongside Nigeria.
Canada becomes the first team to fail to advance out of a World Cup group stage as reigning Olympic champions.
The match began with the Matildas on the brink of elimination, with Canada needing only a draw to advance.
Australia played with ferocity from the opening whistle, taking the lead in just the ninth minute, and Canada never recovered defensively.
Sam Kerr did not make an appearance with the result well in hand, but she was available off the bench in her return from a calf injury.
Japan downed Spain 4-0 to take first place in Group C during Monday’s first round of games.
Japan will play Norway in the Round of 16, and Spain will face Switzerland.
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