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Football Ferns hammered 5-0 by Portugal

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The New Zealand women’s football side has been hammered 5-nil by Portugal.

The game was a ‘friendly’ match as they prepared for the upcoming Women’s Football World Cup.

Winger Jessica Silva opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Dolores Silva doubled Portugal’s lead in the 42nd minute from the penalty spot.

Striker Ana Capeta scored twice in the second half before Tatiana Pinto wrapped up the scoring with a 79th-minute header.

Portugal still has to qualify for the tournament and play in the final qualifying playoffs next week for one of the three remaining spots at the July tournament. They are looking to secure World Cup qualification for the first time and will play the playoff winners between Cameroon and Thailand for a place in the tournament.

This year’s World Cup, where the United States is defending champions, will be the first edition to feature 32 teams. New Zealand and Australia are jointly hosting the tournament.

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