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Women’s World Cup 2023: Everything you need to know about Portugal


Portugal′s World Cup 2023 fixtures, betting odds and fixtures

You can read all about Netherlands, Vietnam and United States by clicking on their names here.

How did Portugal qualify?

Portugal finished second in UEFA Group H, below Germany but above Serbia, Türkiye, Israel and Bulgaria. This saw them advance into the European play-offs, in which they beat Belgium 2-1 and then Iceland 4-1 after extra time. Portugal then contested an inter-confederation play-off against Cameroon, prevailing 2-1 in Hamilton.

Portugal’s major tournament record:

World Cup

Best World Cup result: Set to make their debut

European Championships

Best Euros result: Group stages- 2017 & 2022.

Portugal at World Cup 2023

Can Portugal upset Group E’s establishment in, what is, their World Cup debut?

A Selecção das Quinas certainly got here the hard way, first having to come through two European play-offs, defeating Belgium 2-1 in the semi-finals, courtesy of Carole Costa’s 89th minute penalty in Vizela.

Five days later, in the final at Estádio da Mata Real, Portugal needed extra time to oust Iceland, with the score 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Diana Silva made it 2-1 shortly after the restart before, as Iceland flooded forward, Tatiana Pinto and Francisca Nazareth both scored towards the end in Paços de Ferreira.

Even after all that though, Francisco Neto’s team still had to travel down under for February’s inter-confederation play-off against Cameroon.

Diana Gomes broke the deadlock, only for Cameroon to equalise in the final minute of regulation time at Waikato Stadium.

Nevertheless, deep into stoppage time, referee Casey Reibelt awarded Portugal a penalty and, just as she’d done against Belgium four months earlier, Carole Costa held her nerve to convert, sparking wild celebrations.

So, at the eighth attempt, Portugal will make their World Cup debut, but they do have recent expirence of big tournaments, having featured at the last two European Championships.

12 months ago though, A Selecção das Quinas finished rock bottom of their Euro 2022 group, coming from two down to draw with Switzerland before losing 3-2 to Netherlands and then 5-0 to Sweden.

In truth, Portugal only snuck into those Euros at the 11th hour, after Russia, who’d beaten them in those play-offs, had been threw out.

At the World Cup, Neto’s team will kick off their campaign against Holland in Dunedin.

They’ll then face fellow-debutants Vietnam in Hamilton before taking reigning back-to-back World Champions USA in Auckland.

While Portugal are likely to beat Vietnam, their other group fixtures appear very challenging, so it would be a major surprise if they got through to the round of 16.

Portugal team news

Veteran defender Mónica Mendes and midfielder Vanessa Marques, who has almost 90 caps to her name, were both not called up.

Ana Rute and Kelsey Araújo were also on the preliminary squad, but did not make the cut.

Portugal′s key players: Carole Costa

She’s already been mentioned twice, but Carole Costa was Portugal’s hero in qualifying, scoring stoppage time spot-kick to beat both Belgium and Cameroon in winner-takes-all play-offs.

In total, despite being a defender, Costa has scored 18 time for her country, doing so in 153 caps.

This is largely due to the fact she’s on penalties, also converting one against Netherlands at last summer’s European Championships in Leigh.

At club level, she moved from one Lisbon giant to the other in 2020, leaving Sporting Clube de Portugal for Benfica.

This though has certainly paid off, helping Benfica to the first three Campeonato Nacional titles of their entire history in her three seasons with the Eagles.

Portugal′s key players: Jéssica Silva

Starting as part of Portugal’s attack will be Jéssica Silva, seeking her second major tournament goal, having bagged the equaliser in the comeback draw with Switzerland at the Euros.

In total, the 28 year old has scored 13 times for her country, and has been a bit of a globetrotter at club level.

She’s played for four Portuguese clubs, including current employers Benfica, having spent time with Linköpings in Sweden, Levante in Spain, Lyon in France and at Kansas City Current in the United States beforehand.

In 2019/20, she picked up Division 1 and Champions League winners medals, although she scored only once that season, this coming against Fortuna Hjørring, due to injury.

Since joining Benfica in 2022, Silva has scored 28 goals for the Eagles, helping them win back-to-back Campeonato Nacional titles.

Portugal′s key players: Diana Silva

Another 28 year old by the name of Silva will start on Portugal’s other flank.

Diana Silva spent time in the FAWSL with Aston Villa, featuring for them in 2020/21, before rejoining Sporting CP two years ago.

She scored 19 times for the Lions this season, whilst also netting in both of Portugal’s play-off victories over Belgium and Iceland last October.

This means Silva has now scored 21 times for Os Quinas and, having found the net against Holland at the Euros, will be hoping to repeat the feat when those two meet again, this time on 23 July in Dunedin.

Portugal′s possible starting line-up for World Cup 2023

Portugal′s full squad for World Cup 2023

Goalkeepers

NameCapsGoalsClub
Patrícia Morais820Braga
Inês Pereira330Servette
Rute Costa80Benfica

Defenders

Carole Costa15318Benfica
Catarina Amado230Benfica
Diana Gomes345Sevilla
Ana Seiça20Benfica
Joana Marchão361Parma
Sílvia Rebelo1232Benfica
Lúcia Alves90Benfica

Midfielders

Ana Rute30Braga
Andreia Jacinto230Real Sociedad
Andreia Norton734Benfica
Tatiana Pinto1005Benfica
Kika Nazareth266Benfica
Fátima Pinto793Deportivo Alavés
Dolores Silva14817Braga

Forwards

Telma Encarnação215Marítimo
Ana Capeta236Sporting CP
Jéssica Silva10013Benfica
Ana Borges15711Sporting CP
Diana Silva9320Sporting CP
Carolina Mendes11323Braga

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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