In relation to the 23 players who were there for the game against Cameroon (that ended 2-1) that, on February 22nd, put the ‘quinas’ team into the 2023 World Cup, Ana Rute is entering in the place of teammate Vanessa Marques.
Ana Rute was part of the 25 chosen for the Intercontinental play-off, but was left out of the 23, as well as front player Kelsey Araújo (Le Havre).
From those chosen for the 2023 World Cup, only Ana Seiça didn’t play in qualifications, as 19 of the 23 chosen were there for the 2022 Euro’s – The new additions are Benfica’s midfielder, Ana Rute, Andreia Jacinto, since replaced due to injury, and Ana Capeta.
The ‘quinas’ qualified on February 22nd after beating Cameroon 2-1 in Hamilton, New Zealand, in the Intercontinental play-off’s Group A final, in a triumph sealed by Carole Costa’s penalty goal at 90+4 minutes.
In the 2023 World Cup’s group phase, Portugal will face vice-champions the Netherlands (July 23rd) in Dunedin, Vietnam (July 27th) in Hamilton, and defending champions the United States (August 1st) in Auckland.
Before the championship’s start on July 10th, on the 7th the ‘quinas’ will face Ukraine in an exhibition match at Estádio do Bessa, in Porto.