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Portugal 1 Wales 0
A ninetieth minute volley by Portugese defender Carole Costa denied Wales a result in Rio Maior despite an impressive performance.
Manager Jayne Ludlow put her faith in the side's youth players. Former Under-19 captain Ffion Morgan getting her first senior start and 17-year old Elise Hughes being picked in centre midfield, whilst also giving Gemma Evans her first start since the Cyprus Cup in March. Wales started brightly, effectively dealing with several Portugese corners in the opening stages and an impressive defensive shape eliminated any real threat from the opposition.
With the rain falling heavily in the first half, Wales found themselves with their best chance of the game as Kayleigh Green pestered the Portuguese back line, forcing an opportunity for Natasha Harding who saw her chipped attempt land just wide of the goal.
In the second half it was Harding again that found herself in front of goal, this time meeting a through ball from Helen Ward but her drilled strike found the hands of goalkeeper Ines Pereira.
With both sides settled into the game, Ludlow saw it as an opportunity to bed in more young dragons, bringing on 18-year-old Ella Powell for her senior debut to lead the attacking line alongside twenty-year olds Kylie Nolan and Hannah Miles. Meanwhile Ludlow also introduced Megan Wynne for her first Wales outing since 2013 and the full back seized on the opportunity to push Wales forward for a winning goal.
Despite the pressure from the youngsters, Portugal also found themselves pushing for a winner towards the end of the game. With a corner in the final stages, a scrambled clearance landing at the edge of the Welsh box was met by Carole Costa who made no mistake in finding the roof of the net with a stunning volley.
Ludlow's side will now look to recover from the result and look for revenge as they face Portugal for a second match on Tuesday.
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Ffion Morgan (sub Megan Wynne 90mins), Gemma Evans, Sophie Ingle, Nadia Lawrence, Hayley Ladd, Angharad James, Elise Hughes, Natasha Harding (sub Ella Powell 67mins), Kayleigh Green (sub Kylie Nolan 81mins), Helen Ward (sub Hannah Miles 81mins). Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Emma Gibbon, Rhiannon Roberts, Chloe Williams, Charlie Estcourt, Kelly Isaac, Cori Williams.
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