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The defending champions USWNT were lacklustre at best in their final game of the group when they narrowly avoided a shocking defeat vs Portugal. The Americans drew 0-0 to progress through the knockouts as second in their group. However, they nearly got eliminated with the post saving them in stoppage time. Here are our USWNT vs Portugal player ratings.
- The Americans had the better of the first half but failed to create much.
- It was more of the same after the break. USWNT missed 3 good chances to take the lead.
- Portugal were inches away from the unthinkable deep in stoppage time when the post saved USWNT.
USWNT Player Ratings: underwhelming once more
GK Alyssa Naeher 5/10 – Didn’t have to make any shots. Looked shaky a few times when trying to collect crosses.
DF Emily Fox 6/10 – Fox didn’t help in attack much. Defensively did well.
DF Julie Ertz 7/10 – Caused some problems in the air from set pieces. Also, very solid in her defensive duties.
DF Naomi Girma 6/10 – Her late mistake nearly saw USWNT eliminated. Got away with it. Wasn’t convincing all match.
DF Crystal Dunn 7/10 – Carried threat going forward. Also, had the most crosses in the team.
MF Rose Lavelle 6/10 – In her first start after injury looked rusty. Played well early on but got tired in the second half.
MF Andi Sullivan 6/10 – Her passing was off the mark again. Defensively did a lot of dirty work well though.
MF Lindsey Horan 6/10 – The captain was solid but not impactful.
FW Lynn Williams 7/10 – Given an unexpected start. She was lively. Created most of the good moments for her team.
FW Alex Morgan 6/10 – Morgan continued to misfire. Squandered the 3 best chances. She is yet to score this World Cup.
FW Sophia Smith 6/10 – The hero from the first game Smith had a very quiet match.
MF Megan Rapinoe 7/10 – Introduced on the hour and steadied the ship well. The veteran led with her experience while on the pitch.
The other 4 substitutes were made inside the final 20 minutes, so there was no time for those players to be ranked.
Portugal Player Ratings: what if!
GK Ines Pereira 8/10 – Made 4 very good saves. Rock solid all match.
DF Ana Borges 6/10 – Solid but struggled to keep Williams quiet.
DF Carole Costa 7/10 – Very good in the air. Neutralised Morgan well.
DF Diana Gomes 8/10 – The best defender on the pitch.
MF Andreia Norton 6/10 – Never did enough offensively.
DF Catarina Amado 7/10 – Her purposeful runs carried a threat.
MF Tatiana Pinto 6/10 – Lost in the action for over 80 minutes. Came to life only late on.
MF Dolores Silva 7/10 – Dominant in midfield. Took the fight to the Americans late on and nearly scored the winner.
MF Kika Nazareth 5/10 – Quiet all match.
FW Jessica Silva 5/10 – Largely quiet. Never had a sniff at goal.
FW Diana Silva 7/10 – The most aggressive forward. Caused some major problems with her solo runs.
MF Andrea Jacinto 6/10 – Came on for the final 30 minutes. Didn’t do much or made major errors.
The other 3 substitutes were made inside the final 20 minutes, so there was no time for those players to be ranked.
Player of the Match: Ines Pereira
The Portuguese goalie Ines Pereira played very well. She produced 4 strong saves and was worthy of her clean sheet. Unfortunately for her, those efforts were not enough to see the Portuguese through.
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