World Cup upsets keep US on their toes ahead of Portugal match

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World Cup upsets keep US on their toes ahead of Portugal match

The United States women’s soccer team, four-time champions, are facing a crucial match against Portugal in Auckland on Tuesday, with a spot in the knockout stages at stake. Despite being ranked 20 places below the US team, Portugal has shown that upsets can happen in the Women’s World Cup, as seen with Colombia’s surprise victory over Germany. US coach Vlatko Andonovski understands that rankings mean nothing in this tournament. Although the US previously defeated Portugal 1-0 in a friendly match in 2021, Andonovski acknowledges that the Portuguese team has significantly improved since then. The Americans, aiming for an unprecedented third consecutive title, must secure a win or a draw against Portugal to advance. Failing to do so would result in the US missing the knockout stages for the first time in nine World Cup appearances. Andonovski is aware of the potential for unexpected results in this tournament and is focused on improving the team’s performance. The outcome of the Group E will also depend on the match between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

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