USA forward Sophia Smith (R) fights for the ball with Portugal midfielder Dolores Silva during the 2023 Women’s World Cup match in Auckland, New Zealand on August 1, 2023. The United States Women’s National Team advanced to the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup with a nervy tie against Portugal 0-0.

The top-ranked U.S. and two-time defending champion struggled to find cohesion and create scoring chances over 21 st ranked Portugal. The U.S. had never lost to Portugal in ten previous meetings – outscoring the Portuguese 39-0.

But in this game — the final in group play for both teams […]

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