AUCKLAND, New Zealand – It was a close call for the two-time reigning champions, United States, in their recent match against Portugal at the Women’s World Cup. Despite a lackluster performance resulting in a goalless draw, the Americans narrowly avoided what could have been the biggest upset in tournament history.
In the dying moments of the game, Portugal’s Ana Capeta came agonizingly close to scoring, but her shot hit the right post and the Americans held on to secure the draw. This near-miss proved to be the saving grace for the United States, allowing them to progress to the knockout round.
Although the result may have been a disappointment for the American team, who have a record of success with four World Cup titles, it was just enough to ensure their advancement. The United States had a shaky performance in a match they were expected to win convincingly.
To make matters more nerve-wracking for the Americans, their fate also depended on the outcome of the Netherlands versus Vietnam match, which was being played simultaneously in Dunedin. With an impressive 7-0 victory, the Netherlands claimed the top spot in Group E, pushing the United States into second place.
Despite this scare, the Americans, who are vying for an unprecedented third consecutive title, can breathe a sigh of relief as they move on to the next stage of the competition.