US fights back to draw with Netherlands at Women’s World Cup

In a thrilling rematch of the 2019 World Cup final, the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) and the Netherlands played to a 1-1 draw at the 2023 Women's World Cup. The atmosphere at the Wellington Regional Stadium was electric, with chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A!" filling the air as the teams took the field.

The Netherlands took an early lead in the 17th minute when midfielder Jill Roord scored, putting the USWNT behind for the first time in a Women's World Cup match since 2011. Before this game, the US had gone on an impressive 17-match streak without trailing in the tournament, a record for both men's and women's editions.

US aims for historic 3rd straight title as Women's World Cup kicks off. (Image source: CNN)

However, the USWNT fought back in the second half, outshooting the Netherlands 9-2. Captain Lindsey Horan scored a crucial equalizer with a powerful header from a corner kick in the 62nd minute, sending the crowd into wild celebrations. They came close to taking the lead soon after, but Alex Morgan's goal was disallowed due to an offside call.

The match ended in a draw despite five minutes of added stoppage time, keeping the USWNT's unbeaten streak at the World Cup intact, now extended to an impressive 19 matches.

US captain Lindsey Horan scores the equalizer against the Netherlands at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup at Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand on July 27. (Image by: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

After the game, Lindsey Horan expressed her excitement about the team's comeback and praised their performance. She acknowledged that the first half could have been better, but the team made improvements and responded well to the situation.

The Dutch goalkeeper, Daphne van Domselaar, commended her team's efforts and composure, especially in the first half, and expressed pride in their performance.

USNWT forward Alex Morgan (left) and Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt (right) fight for the ball during the US-Netherlands match in the Women's World Cup on July 27, 2023. (Image by: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

In another match of the day, Portugal secured a 2-0 victory against Vietnam in Hamilton, New Zealand. Portugal's Telma Encarnação and Francisca Nazareth were the scorers, earning Portugal their first-ever win in the Women's World Cup and eliminating Vietnam from the tournament.

Looking ahead, the USA will face Portugal on August 1, while the Netherlands takes on Vietnam on the same day. The group stage will conclude on August 3, followed by the knockout stage with the top 16 teams.

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