Your guide to the Football Ferns v Portugal international friendly at Hamilton

Here’s your guide to the friendly international between New Zealand’s Football Ferns and Portugal at Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato.

New Zealand are looking to break a five-match streak without a win.

Since beating the Philippines 2-1 last September, the Ferns have lost to Japan (0-2), South Korea (0-1), United States twice (0-4 and 0-5) and drawn with South Korea (1-1).

Portugal go into the game with their highest-ever FIFA world ranking of 22, while the Ferns are currently rated 24th.

Portugal are chasing their sixth consecutive international win since September, having beaten Serbia (2-1), Turkey (4-0), Belgium (2-1), Iceland (4-1 after extra time), Haiti 5-0) and Costa Rica (1-0).

Fixture

Game to be played on Friday February 17, 2023

New Zealand v Portugal
FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, 7pm (NZT)

How to watch

Prime (free-to-air), Sky Sport 2, Sky Sport 7.

Squads

New Zealand

Shirt numbers unavailable

(caps/goals)(club/country)

Goalkeepers

Brianna Edwards (0/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Erin Nayler (81/0) (IFK Norrköping, Sweden)

Murphy Sheaff (0/0) (Jacksonville University, United States)

Defenders

Liz Anton (16/0) (Perth Glory, Australia)

Mackenzie Barry (5/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

CJ Bott (36/2) (Leicester City, England)

Katie Bowen (87/3) (Melbourne City, Australia)

Claudia Bunge (16/0) (Melbourne Victory, Australia)

Meikayla Moore (60/4) (Glasgow City, Scotland)

Grace Neville (1/0) (London City Lionesses, England)

Ali Riley (captain) (149/2) (Angel City, United States)

Michaela Foster (0/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Kate Taylor (6/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Midfielders

Olivia Chance (40/2) (Celtic, Scotland)

Daisy Cleverley (27/2) (HB Køge, Denmark)

Betsy Hassett (138/13) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Malia Steinmetz (13/0) (Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia)

Forwards

Ava Collins (9/0) (St John’s University, United States)

Grace Jale (12/2) (Canberra United, Australia)

Gabi Rennie (20/2) (Arizona State University, United States)

Indiah-Paige Riley (6/0) (Brisbane Roar, Australia)

Paige Satchell (37/2) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Hannah Wilkinson (108/27) (Melbourne City, Australia)

Withdrew 

GK: Victoria Esson — injured, (12/0) (Rangers, Scotland)

GK: Anna Leat — injured,  (9/0) (Aston Villa, England)

DF: Rebekah Stott — injured, (87/4) (Brighton & Hove Albion, England)

MF: Grace Wisnewski — personal reasons (1/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Coaching staff

Head coach: Jitka Klimková

Portugal

Goalkeepers

22 — Rute Costa (SL Benfica, Portugal)

1 — Inês Pereira (Servette FC, Switzerland)

12 — Patrícia Morais (SC Braga, Portugal)

Defenders

17 — Ana Seiça (SL Benfica, Portugal)

15 — Carole Costa (SL Benfica, Portugal)

2 — Catarina Amado (SL Benfica, Portugal)

19 — Diana Gomes (Sevilla FC, Spain)

5 — Joana Marchão (Parma Calcio, Italy)

3 — Lúcia Alves (SL Benfica, Portugal)

4 — Sílvia Rebelo (SL Benfica, Portugal)

Midfielders

8 — Andreia Norton (SL Benfica, Portugal)

6 — Andreia Jacinto (Real Sociedad, Spain)

14 — Dolores Silva (SC Braga, Portugal)

13 — Fátima Pinto (Deportivo Alavés, Spain)

11 — Tatiana Pinto (Levante UD, Spain)

7 — Vanessa Marques (SC Braga, Portugal)

Forwards

9 — Ana Borges (Sporting CP, Portugal)

21 — Ana Capeta (Sporting CP, Portugal)

18 — Carolina Mendes (SC Braga, Portugal)

16 — Diana Silva (Sporting CP, Portugal)

10 — Jéssica Silva (SL Benfica, Portugal)

20 — Kika Nazareth (SL Benfica, Portugal)

23 — Telma Encarnação (CS Marítimo, Portugal)

Training players

MF: Ana Rute (SC Braga, Portugal)

FWD: Kelsey Araújo (Le Havre, France)

Coaching staff

Head coach: Francisco Neto

Assistants: Luis Marques, Rafael Costa, Rita Goncalves

Portugal train at Melville United’s Gower Park ahead of Friday’s international match.

Past meetings

The teams have met once before in a full international.

New Zealand beat Portugal 1-0 on March 7, 2016, in the Algarve Cup, with Amber Hearn scoring the winner.

Who to watch in the NZ team

The most-capped player in the squad is captain Ali Riley with 149 appearances, followed by Betsy Hassett (138), Hannah Wilkinson (108), Katie Bowen (87), Erin Nayler (81), Olivia Chance (40) and Paige Satchell (37).

Hannah Wilkinson is the top scorer in this squad with 27 international goals, followed by Betsy Hassett (14), Anna Green (8) and Emma Rolston (6).

The Portugal team trained at the Waikato Chiefs’ gym. Photo credit: Seleções de Portugal.

Who to watch in the Portugal team

Striker Ana Borges (32) is the most-capped player in Portugal’s history, with 153 appearances. Defender Carole Costa (32) will play her 148th international for Portugal if she takes the field in Hamilton, while midfielder Dolores Silva (31) will make her 142nd appearance.

Forward Carolina Mendes (35) has the most international goals, with 18 scored, while Diana Silva (27) has netted 18 times.

Twelve of the squad have more than 50 caps, and six are aged 30 or older.

The youngest of the squad is midfielder Kika Nazareth (20).

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