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Portugal Advances with 2-0 Victory over Vietnam: USA Face-off Awaits

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Portugal Women's World Cup Victory

Fifa Women’s World Cup 2023
Hosting Countries: Australia and New Zealand Dates: July 20 – August 20
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Portugal establishes a confrontation with the reigning champions USA for a spot in the Women’s World Cup last-16 by triumphing impressively over Vietnam.

Portugal, being debutants, clinched their first World Cup win with goals from Telma Encarnacao and Kika Nazareth, marking their debut World Cup goals.

Portugal will advance to the knockout stages if they manage to upset the four-time World Cup champions, USA.

Vietnam’s journey in the World Cup will come to an end following their defeat at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Portugal’s final Group E match against the United States is set for Tuesday at 08:00 BST, while Vietnam aims for their first World Cup point and goal against the Netherlands concurrently.

Portugal manager Francisco Neto notes, “The United States will be a totally different game,” adding that there are many aspects to improve despite their victory.

Earlier on Thursday, the USA drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Wellington.

Portugal Achieves Historic First Victory

As the highest-ranked of the eight World Cup debutants at 21st on the Fifa list, Portugal boasts a blend of experience in defense and promising young talent upfront, alongside depth in their squad as illustrated by Neto making seven starting XI changes for Thursday’s match.

While Vietnam’s defense was disorganized and vulnerable, Portugal was consistently sharp down the flanks and abundant with creative ideas.

They held a 2-0 lead within the first 21 minutes and could have amplified their lead given their dominating play throughout the game.

Their first World Cup goal was achieved seven minutes into the game when Lucia Alves found Encarnacao with a low cross, who converted from close range.

Nazareth, only 20, and already with seven goals for Portugal, doubled the lead with a neat finish past Kim Tranh.

Although stating the United States will be more organized and defensively savvy than Vietnam may seem obvious, Portugal’s young, talented, and fast squad will be aiming to cause the biggest upset in women’s football history.

Vietnam Bow Out After Being Outclassed

Vietnam’s World Cup exit was disappointing, especially after putting up a brave defensive display against the USA.

Mai Duc Chung’s team seemed conflicted – eager to seize their best chance at a first World Cup win, yet desiring to maintain their robust 5-4-1 system, which led to confusion on the field, easily exploited by the Portuguese.

Vietnam, 32nd in the Fifa rankings, fell far short in Hamilton, as coach Chung admitted.

The Vietnamese team managed their first shot on target at a World Cup – by Bich Thuy after 43 minutes – and even a touch in the opponent’s box, something they didn’t achieve against the Americans.

Player of the Match

Tran Thi Hai Linh

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Portugal Women’s World Cup Victory

Who won the match between Portugal and Vietnam in the Women’s World Cup 2023?

Portugal won the match against Vietnam with a score of 2-0.

Who were the goal scorers for Portugal in the match against Vietnam?

The goals for Portugal were scored by Telma Encarnacao and Kika Nazareth.

What does Portugal’s victory mean for their World Cup journey?

Portugal’s victory over Vietnam sets them up for a showdown with the reigning champions USA for a spot in the Women’s World Cup last-16.

Who will Portugal play in their next match?

Portugal will face the United States in their next match.

What is the result for Vietnam after their loss to Portugal?

Vietnam will be eliminated from the World Cup after their loss to Portugal.

When and against whom is Vietnam’s next match?

Vietnam will play against the Netherlands in their next match, seeking their first World Cup point and goal.

Who was the player of the match in the game between Portugal and Vietnam?

The player of the match was Tran Thi Hai Linh.

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FutbolGuru July 28, 2023 - 3:38 am

Vietnam didn’t play their best, they got potential. but gotta say, Portugal was on fire tonight. USA better watch out, these gals are not playing around.

NetGoalie July 28, 2023 - 5:13 am

our girls did great. Just watched the game and it’s clear Portugal’s got skill. USA match is gonna be a challenge but we’ve got what it takes! Força Portugal!

SoccerFan4Life July 28, 2023 - 7:36 am

Woooow Portugal, way to go! who’d have thought they’d do so well this World Cup! looking forward to the USA match though, it’s gonna be intense.

PortugalPride July 28, 2023 - 10:20 am

Just amazing!! Telma and Kika, y’all r rockstars! can’t wait to see us play against the USA!! lets shock the world!

GameOn123 July 28, 2023 - 11:03 am

That game was lit! Portugal all the way. gotta hand it to Vietnam too, first World Cup and they put up a fight. Can’t wait for Tuesday.


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