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Welcome the live coverage of the Women’s World Cup where the USA attempt to book their place in the knockout stages and continue their hunt for a record-extending sixth World Cup success. 

Their dominance in women’s football in recent history means the USA have rarely faced such a crucial clash so early in a tournament – lose against Portugal this morning and they are likely out of the tournament, barring a Netherlands collapse.

A comfortable win in their opener against Vietnam was followed by a tightly contested 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2019 final.

The USA trailed at the break in the latter and needed a Lindsey Horan goal on the hour to come through with a mercy yet crucial point. 

“Of course there’s a little bit of anxiety anytime there’s a result that needs to be had, that has a little bit of feeling to it, but I think that’s exciting,” forward Megan Rapinoe said. “I think everybody knows that too. Everybody’s like, ‘OK, we have to perform better and we have to get this result.’”

Portugal, with their own qualification still in their hands, will certainly be no pushovers at Eden Park this morning. After losing 1-0 to Netherlands, they got the better of Vietnam on Thursday to leave themselves just a point adrift of the two Group E pace-setters. 

“If we analyse Portugal in the last few games that they played, they are a lot more conservative than aggressive,” USA boss Vlatko Andonovski, said. “They are looking to get their results on a couple of chances they create. 

“We expect nothing less. We think that they’re going to be organised defensively, and they’re going to look to get results off counterattacks. And obviously, it will be our responsibility to neutralise any of those.”



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