USA claim biggest ever World Cup win
Published : Wednesday, 12 June, 2019 at 9:46 AM Count : 239
The United States recorded the biggest ever victory in the Fifa Women's World Cup as they crushed Thailand 13-0.
The 2015 winners were 3-0 up at half-time, scored four times in 10 minutes in the second half and then added six more goals in the last 16 minutes.
Alex Morgan scored five times for the United States with two goals apiece for Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis.
Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored to beat Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina.
The United States' previous biggest win in the tournament was a 7-0 success over Chinese Taipei in 1991, while Germany's thrashing of Argentina came in 2007.
How the goals went in
-1-0, 12 minutes: An unmarked Alex Morgan nodded in Kelley O'Hara's cross.
-2-0, 20 minutes: Rose Lavelle's powerful strike was helped into the net by the keeper.
-3-0, 31 minutes: Lindsey Horan scores from six yards out after Wilaiporn Boothduang fails to clear Tobin Heath's free-kick.
-4-0, 50 minutes: Samantha Mewis' deflected effort gave her the 800th goal in Women's World Cup history.
-5-0, 52 minutes: Morgan tucked in after Thailand failed to clear a free-kick.
-6-0, 54 minutes: The ball bounced kindly to Mewis in the box and she struck another.
-7-0, 56 minutes: Mewis turned provider this time for Lavelle, who placed in the seventh.
-8-0, 74 minutes: A neat turn and finish from Morgan completed her hat-trick.
-9-0, 79 minutes: Megan Rapinoe timed her run to perfection and completed a flowing move.
-10-0, 81 minutes: Morgan hit a cracking strike from the edge of the box for her fourth of the night.
-11-0, 84 minutes: Substitute Mallory Pugh rounded the goalkeeper and rolled the ball in.
-12-0, 87 minutes: Morgan's brilliant flick and powerful finish delivered the best goal of the night.
-13-0, 90+2 minutes: Carli Lloyd raced through the middle and slotted in from close range.
The USA players refused to take their foot off the accelerator in the closing stages, taking an 8-0 lead into the final 12 minutes before adding five further goals.
Several of Thailand's players were clearly upset at the final whistle, with tears streaming down forward Suchawadee Nildhamrong's face, while some members of the USA team attempted to console their opponents.
Five-goal striker Morgan said: "With the scoreline tonight, we have to look at the group stage as every goal counts.
"It was important for us to continue to go. We knew every goal could matter."
The defending champions have lost just one international game since July 2017 and have now won seven games in a row, scoring 36 goals in the process, and not conceding in five matches.
The USA are bidding to reach their third consecutive final and become only the second nation to successfully defend a Women's World Cup title, after Germany's 2003 and 2007 successes.
They arrived in France as favourites to win a record fourth title, but many pundits have tipped France, England or the Netherlands to succeed, with Canada, Australia and Sweden mentioned as dark horses.
Head coach Jill Ellis' side finished second in this year's SheBelieves Cup to winners England but on Tuesday at Stade Auguste-Delaune they reminded the world of their attacking class in a game in which they could have actually scored many more.
They had 40 attempts at goal, including 20 on target, and were also denied two strong appeals for penalties in the first half.
Thailand, ranked 34th in the world, lost 9-0 in their previous meeting with the USA in a friendly in 2016 and were playing in the finals for only the second time, having been eliminated in the group stage in 2015.
They could still make the next phase but need good results against Sweden and Chile, who played each other earlier on Tuesday with the Europeans winning 2-0.
Thailand boss Nuengruethai Sathongwien praised the attitude of the American players after the final whistle and said: "They saw that our players were very disappointed and they wanted to encourage us to continue fighting. Thank you very much for that.
"We've got two more games to play and we need to bounce back. They have their responsibilities and they know what they need to do.
"My players were waiting for this moment and they were really disappointed. "
The USA will face Chile in Paris at 17:00 BST on 16 June, three hours after Thailand meet Sweden.
Jill Ellis' side will then be up against Sweden in Le Havre in 20 June, in a game that is likely to decide which side tops the group.
The top two teams in each of the six groups will qualify automatically for the last 16, along with the four best third-placed sides.