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Portugal vs Vietnam match preview
After both were beaten in their World Cup openers, this is a crunch match for both teams in Hamilton.
On Saturday, Vietnam made their World Cup debut, faced with the unenviable task of taking on back-to-back world champions USA at Eden Park.
Given this, the Golden Star Warriors did well to only lose 3-0 in Auckland, albeit Vietnam didn’t muster a single shot on or off target all afternoon.
Goalkeeper Trần Thị Kim Thanh did have a match to remember, saving a first half penalty from Alex Morgan, denying the USWNT striker a 122nd international goal.
This time, will Mai Đức Chung’s team get off the mark?
Portugal too are another of this summer’s World Cup debutants, getting their campaign going against Netherlands in Dunedin.
In truth, it wasn’t a thriller at Forsyth Barr Stadium, with Holland prevailing 1-0, the match-winner coming from a corner with 13 minutes on the clock.
Excluding an own goal and a penalty, six of the eight goals Portugal conceded at Euro 2022 came from set-pieces, and this continues to be a massive issue for Francisco Neto’s team.
Going the other way, A Selecção rarely threatened, with the first of their two shots coming in the 82nd minute.
The Americans and the Dutch were always likely to get out of Group E, so both debutants will be targeting this match as their best opportunity to get off the mark
Will Portugal’s quality shine through at Waikato Stadium, or can Vietnam spring a massive surprise?
Portugal team news
20 year old striker Kika Nazareth came off the bench against Netherlands, but is likely to start this time, flanked by Jéssica Silva and Diana Silva.
Catarina Amado will continue to be chosen over Joana Marchão at left-back, while Carole Costa will win her 155th cap.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Morais; Borges, D Gomes, C Costa, Amado; F Pinto, D Silva, T Pinto; J Silva, Nazareth, D Silva.
Vietnam teams news
Captain and star striker Huỳnh Như is the only member in this squad who does not ply her trade in Vietnam, and she’s the most likely player to become the first Vietnamese person to score at a World Cup.
Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung will win her 121st cap, while Lê Thị Diễm My will operate in the middle of the back three.
Predicted XI (5-3-2): Kim Trần; Thu Thảo Trần, Lương, Lê, Thu Trần, Hoàng; Bích Nguyễn, Thái, Hải Trần, Tuyết Nguyễn; Huỳnh Như.