USWNT Aug 1, 2023; Auckland, NZL; United States players during the National Anthem before a group stage match against Portugal during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Eden Park. Mandatory Credit: Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports

The United States Women’s National Team was nearly eliminated from the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday, and one Portugal star seems to think the USWNT should have been going home.

Portugal striker Ana Capeta came very close to ending the USWNT’s World Cup run with a late shot that barely missed, bouncing off the post. But despite the 0-0 final score, she thinks that Portugal proved they were “far superior” to the USWNT.

“It was by mere centimetres that we didn’t make another dream come true. We had already achieved the biggest dream of all football players by being the first Portuguese team to play at the [Women’s] World Cup. I think we were competent and deserved more, not only for what we did today but also for what we produced in all three matches,” Capeta said according to

“Every time I take to the field and take a shot I’m dreaming. I dreamed that we could make history and eliminate the United States in the group stage for the first time. I think anyone who watched this match at home and didn’t know the United States were world champions, they still wouldn’t have known it afterwards. We were far superior.”

It’s a brutally honest message, but many fans seemed to agree with her.

Ultimately, the USWNT advanced out of the group and will now play in the knockout round.