Captain Lindsey Horan came to the rescue of defending champions the United States after the Netherlands had threatened an upset at the Women’s World Cup.
New Manchester City signing Jill Roord put the Dutch on course for a famous win after a clinical finish from the edge of the box.
The Stars and Stripes have been a superpower on the world stage, winning their previous 13 matches spanning three tournaments, but they struggled to break down a resolute Netherlands defence until Horan equalised with a header from a corner.
In a repeat of the 2019 final – which the USA won 2-0 in Lyon – Savannah DeMelo fired wide when the game was goalless while Trinity Rodman forced Daphne van Domselaar into a fingertip save moments after the Dutch had taken the lead.
Lucy Bronze says England would be perfectly happy to keep winning matches 1-0 at the Women’s World Cup because results are more important than performances.
The Lionesses underwhelmed in their opening matchday 1-0 victory over Haiti, with manager Sarina Wiegman saying they lacked ruthlessness.
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England face Denmark in their second group game on Friday at 09:30 BST.
“It’s not always about scoring seven goals,” said Bronze.
Portugal earned a face off with reigning champions United States for a place in the Women’s World Cup last 16 with an impressive win over Vietnam.
The debutants got their maiden victory via their first World Cup goals, scored by Telma Encarnacao and Kika Nazareth.
Portugal will progress to the knockout stages if they cause a giant upset and beat four-time winners the USA.
Vietnam are eliminated from the World Cup after this loss at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Written by: Debby Eselebor
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