US thrash Thailand 13-0 in Women’s World Cup

US thrash Thailand 13-0  in Women’s World Cup
Morgan is congratulated by her team-mates after scoring the USA’s twelfth goal.
Reims (France), Jun 12 (AFP) | Publish Date: 6/12/2019 12:38:40 PM IST

Alex Morgan scored five goals as defending champions the United States opened the Women’s World Cup with a record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.

Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle each added a pair of goals for the United States, who broke the record for goals and margin of victory in a World Cup game. 

Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. The previous record margin was German’s 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.

Morgan tied Michelle Akers’ record for World Cup goals, set in the quarter-finals against Chinese Taipei in 1991.

The two teams were the last to kickoff in the group stage for the tournament. 

Ranked No. 1 in the world, the USA had lost only one match in their previous 38, a loss to France in Le Havre in January. They had mustered six straight wins going into the World Cup.

The last time the USA played on the world’s biggest stage, Lloyd had a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes and the United States beat Japan 5-2 in Canada for the trophy.

The USA pounced early against Thailand, too, with Morgan’s header in the 13th minute off Kelley O’Hara’s precisely placed cross opening the scoring. Mewis, Lavelle and Horan were all making their World Cup debuts.

Thailand, ranked No. 34 in the world, were clearly outmatched even though the team has shown progress on the world stage. 

At the final whistle, Lloyd and Christian Press were seen consoling the Thailand goalkeeper. Morgan put her arm around an opponent, who was wiping away tears on the pitch moments after the final whistle.

The World Cup comes at a time that female players across the globe are seeking better treatment and pay. 

The U.S. national team has long championed equal rights, and players collectively filed a lawsuit earlier this year that alleges discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation and are seeking pay equitable with that of the men’s national team.


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