Hamilton: Debutants Vietnam fought hard from start to finish but fell to a 2-0 defeat against Portugal in Group E of the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 at Waikato Stadium on Thursday.
Both teams had suffered defeats in their opening matches of the tournament, with Portugal losing to the Netherlands 1-0 and Vietnam falling to a 3-0 reversal against the reigning champions the United States.
Group E: Horan rescues point for United States against the Netherlands
Wellington: Captain Lindsey Horan scored a second-half equaliser as holders the United States came from behind to draw 1-1 with the Netherlands at the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, in a rematch of the 2019 final between the teams.
Dutch midfielder Jill Roord fired home a first-half opener to threaten a momentous result in the Group E clash in Wellington.
Teams learn Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 opponents
Kuala Lumpur: The stage is set for Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ following the draw at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
The 36 sides were drawn into nine groups of four, and they will compete against each team in a home-and-away round-robin format, between November 2023 and June 2024.
Ten of the Round 2 teams will progress from Round 1 of the Preliminary Joint Qualification, with the draw conducted earlier on Thursday. As there will be 48 teams – a first – at the FIFA World Cup 2026, eight and a half slots are on offer for the Continent’s national teams.
Kuala Lumpur: The draw for the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ was completed at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
A total 20 teams were divided into 10 pairings, with each pair to play one home and one away match on October 12 and 17, 2023 respectively.