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 Goal.com.
“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.
Could of… Should of… Would of… Famous last words!
Thats why they play the game! Just get in and make it happen now!!! Portugal 😂
'Far superior' – Portugal star Ana Capeta aims dig at USWNT following unfortunate Women's World Cup elimination https://t.co/3qLz9VFwxi
— ReallyNowWhat? (@SabreGuy) August 1, 2023
Not sure Portugal was far superior or they would be advancing. But our coach is uninspiring. This team needs a spark 🔥
— David Scott (@DavidScott4444) August 1, 2023
It's not that the #USWNT underperformed, it's that the rest of the world has finally caught up in women's soccer.
— Ben Fast ⚽️ 🇺🇸 🔺🔻 (@bwfast) August 1, 2023
They were the better team. More possession, better plays, great defense. Portugal was superior this game. It showed they were really trying to win. USWNT were just trying to get to the next stage of the competition. They could gave done much better.
— Amitaf (@fclasby) August 1, 2023
Portugal were the better team in nearly all phases of the game. At times completely slicing right through or around in through the US midfield through superior control & skill. US def better at getting corners & set pieces but lack the elite touch Portugal displayed
— Azorean Alchemy (@Acoreanalchemy) August 1, 2023
Ultimately, the USWNT advanced out of the group and will now play in the knockout round.