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USWNT advance to knockout round after disappointing 0-0 draw vs. Portugal

Here are the latest updates from Portugal-USA in the group stage at the 2023 World Cup.

Portugal v USA: Group E - FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023
Lindsey Horan of the United States bends over with her hands on her knees during the second half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group E match between Portugal and USA at Eden Park on August 01, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Photo by Carmen Mandato/USSF/Getty Images

Group E will wrap up group stage play Tuesday at the 2023 women’s World Cup, with Portugal and the United States facing each other in the final match. Portugal need a win to advance to the knockout stage, while USA can confirm a spot in the round of 16 with a win or draw. The Americans could also get in with a loss if Vietnam were to defeat Netherlands in the other match.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, USA comes in as a -450 favorite on the moneyline. Portugal is +1200, while a draw comes in at +550. Here are the latest updates from the Group E encounter.

Portugal vs. USA live updates

Full time - Portugal 0, USA 0. Ultimately, the Americans get the job done and secure a spot in the knockout round. However, this is now back-to-back lackluster showings for the USWNT in the World Cup. Vlatko Andonovski has to figure some things out, but the veteran players need to also figure some things out. Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, Megan Rapinoe, Lindsey Horan and Alyssa Naeher need to show some leadership, while the younger players need to understand the stage they’re on.

90+7 minute - Dunn and Morgan are out, with Alyssa Thompson and Kelley O’Hara coming in. The Americans are playing with a more defensive shape, hoping to see this game out.

90+5 minute - Naeher nearly made a costly mistake coming out on a long free kick. She did not get to the ball to punch it out, leaving the American goal completely exposed. Luckily for the Americans, there was no Portuguese player on the far side to put the ball home.

90+2 minute - Saved by the woodwork! Portugal found a way into the box and Ana Capeta had a great shot on goal between three defenders. She beat Naeher’s outstretched arms and the ball hit the post but stayed out of the goal. The Portuguese are fighting for the game-winning goal, knowing that’s the only way they can advance to the knockout round.

87th minute - There’s another collision on a corner kick between Pereira and Sonnett. The Portuguese keeper has made some great commitments on 50-50 balls in the box and taken some shots for it.

83rd minute - Lynn Williams and Lindsey Horan are coming out, with Trinity Rodman and Emily Sonnett coming in. Horan has a yellow card already, so maybe there’s some caution as another yellow would send her out for the knockout game if there is one.

81st minute - Naomi Girma, who has been a great defensive force, picks up a yellow card. The subsequent free kick caused some problems for the United States, but Alyssa Naeher was finally able to corral the ball. The Americans, at this point, just seem content to see this out to a draw and secure a spot in the round of 16.

79th minute - Portugal has been surprisingly reserved for the majority of this game outside of some counterattacking chances. They don’t advance with a draw, so at some point they’re going to start throwing more players forward. USA has yet to get out of its funk, with sloppy passing and lack of connectivity showing despite the addition of Rapinoe to the game.

66th minute - There’s a stoppage to care for an injured Portugal player. The raw stats would say this is a dominant USWNT performance outside of the scoreboard, but that could not be further from the truth. It has been a sloppy effort from the Americans across the board outside of one or two moments of individual play. Morgan, Lavelle, Ertz, Crystal Dunn and Lynn Williams have been fine but everyone else has not played up to expectations. Co-captain Lindsey Horan has gotten going a bit after a rough first half. We’ll see if the Americans make more subs as the match goes on. At the moment, the United States is advancing but one Portugal goal changes the equation tremendously.

61st minute - Megan Rapinoe is in for Sophia Smith, and it makes sense given what USA need in this game. Rapinoe brings some creativity and ability to serve the ball into the box, while Smith was more of the athlete and individual player. We’ll see if this change works for the Americans.

56th minute - The book is filling up, with Portugal’s Carole Costa picking up a yellow card for dropping Morgan to prevent her from getting a free run into the box. It’s another set piece chance for the Americans, who have looked disjointed to start the second half.

53rd minute - Sophia Smith just picked up a yellow card on a high boot and while the booking was deserved, officiating has not been good in this one. It’s been inconsistent, and Smith has been taking some cheap shots on the left side without getting a whistle.

50th minute - There was some sort of alarm going off in the stadium and it appears to be a malfunction, as play continued with no stoppages.

48th minute - USA gets the first shot of the second half, as Lavelle corrals a loose ball on a free kick into the box and turns to get a shot off. Her effort is wide and over the top, but it’s a good sign of intent from the midfielder. She’s going to miss the next match for the Americans, so she’ll have to make a big impact in this one.


Halftime - The Americans have seven shots to Portugal’s three, with four shots on target to Portugal’s zero. The European side has a 55-45 edge on possession, and has a slightly better pass accuracy. USA have made a lot of sloppy plays to cut into some of the possession and pass accuracy metics, but there appears to be a lack of focus. For all this talk of starting aggressively and fast, the Americans have done the opposite. We’ll see if there are any changes at halftime, with Megan Rapinoe, Trinity Rodman and Savannah DeMelo the most likely to make an appearance. The game script does favor Portugal, who are looking for a win to advance to the round of 16.

Halftime - Portugal 0, USA 0. It’s been a mixed bag for the Americans, who have gotten more shots and shots on target but are getting bossed in the middle of the park. In the other match, Netherlands are crushing Vietnam 5-0. It looks like USA is destined to be the runner-up in this group, as the Americans would need two or more goals to make up the goal differential on the Dutch.

39th minute - Lavelle has picked up a yellow card, which means she’s out for the next match if the Americans advance. That’s a huge blow for the United States but the first order of business is to ensure qualification.

34th minute - USA have six shots and three on target, so the looks have been there in the final third. That’s the effect of Lavelle and Williams coming in. However, Portugal have been able to control the midfield and dominate possession, which means the Americans have really only been able to make moves on counterattacking play. After some strong attacking play early, the United States has been on the back foot for much of this first half. It’s still 0-0 in this one.

25th minute - Morgan and Portuguese goalkeeper Inês Pereira collide on a free kick, leading Pereira to get checked out by the training staff. The Netherlands now lead 4-0 over Vietnam and would have a superior goal differential if the Americans get a one-goal win over Portugal. USA might rue only beating Vietnam by three goals, assuming the two teams are tied on points at the end of the final matchday.

18th minute - Things change quickly at the World Cup. The Netherlands lead Vietnam 3-0, and would have the same goal differential and goals scored for if the United States got a one-goal win.

16th minute - The first real dangerous moment from Portugal, as Tatiana Pinto goes through the back line on a strong run and gets a nice pass. Her shot goes past Naeher but also misses the goal, with no one on the far post to pick up the scraps. The Portuguese need a win to advance, so they’re going to continue being aggressive when they have opportunities.

8th minute - Portugal has got a shot up, although it was a long-range attempt that wasn’t going to trouble Alyssa Naeher. In the other match, Netherlands have scored on Vietnam and move to the top of Group E on points. The Americans do have a superior goal differential at the moment, so if the teams are tied on points the United States would get the higher position.

4th minute - USA forces the first official save, with Lynn Williams getting her head on a corner kick and finding Portugal’s goalkeeper. Williams has already made some promising movements in her first action at this World Cup.

1st minute - After a slow start against Netherlands, the Americans waste no time getting an attack going. Lavelle sends a cross in after a good run to the corner, and Alex Morgan nearly got her head on the ball right in front of goal. It’s a great sign for the United States after failing to make any headway against the Dutch early.


Pregame - One quick check on the odds before kickoff. There has been no changes on the moneyline. The total is set at 2.5 (over -145, under +115) and the spread is USA -1.5 (-150).

Pregame - Here’s our game pick, the USWNT starting lineup and the officiating crew for this contest. The Americans have made two changes, with Rose Lavelle and Lynn Williams coming into the starting lineup for Savannah DeMelo and Trinity Rodman respectively. Williams is making her first appearance of the 2023 World Cup.