USWNT fights back to draw with Netherlands at FIFA WWC

In a highly competitive rematch of the 2019 FIFA WWC final, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) and the Netherlands, both renowned soccer powerhouses, played to a 1-1 draw at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Discover USWNT fights back to draw with Netherlands at FIFA WWC.

The atmosphere at Wellington Regional Stadium was electric, with chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!” filling the air as the USWNT faced the Netherlands in their second match of the tournament. However, the excitement quickly turned to concern when the Dutch took an early lead, with midfielder Jill Roord scoring in the 17th minute past USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

This marked the first time since 2011, in a quarterfinal match against Brazil, that the USWNT trailed in a Women’s World Cup game. Before this match, the team had an impressive 17-match streak without falling behind, the longest such streak in the tournament’s history.

The Netherlands had extra motivation for this match, seeking revenge for their 2-0 loss to the US in the 2019 World Cup. Despite trailing at halftime, the USWNT dominated the first half, outshooting the Netherlands 9-2. Their persistence paid off in the 62nd minute when US captain Lindsey Horan scored a powerful header from a corner kick, leading to jubilant celebrations in the stands.

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In the following minutes, the USWNT thought they had taken the lead with a goal from Alex Morgan, but it was ruled offside and disallowed. Despite both teams’ efforts and five minutes of added stoppage time, the match ended in a draw.

With this result, the USWNT extended their unbeaten streak at the Women’s World Cup to an impressive 19 matches, setting a new record for both men’s and women’s editions of the tournament.

Lindsey Horan, speaking after the match, expressed her excitement about the team’s comeback and avoiding a loss in the group stage. She praised the team’s response, especially in the second half, and acknowledged the strength of the Dutch side as a formidable opponent.

Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar commended her team’s performance and composure, particularly in the first half. She felt proud of their efforts despite the USWNT’s dominance in the latter part of the match.

In another match on the same day, Portugal secured a 2-0 victory against Vietnam, with Telma Encarnação and Francisca Nazareth scoring the goals. Portugal’s win marked a significant step toward reaching the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time ever. USA is set to face Portugal on August 1, while the Netherlands will play against Vietnam on the same day. The group stage matches will conclude after August 3, leading the tournament into the knockout stage with the top 16 teams.

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