Alex Morgan scored a record-tying 5 targets because the U.S. opened its Girls’s World Cup marketing campaign with a tournament-record 13-Zero win over Thailand in Group F on Tuesday in Reims, France.
The pre-tournament favorites and defending champions took it proper to Thailand within the opening minutes, with a Morgan purpose dominated out for offside inside 10 minutes.
Minutes later, Morgan’s second strike would rise up when she discovered house in between two Thai defenders and headed dwelling a Kelley O’Hara cross to place the U.S. up 1-0.
Rose Lavelle doubled the lead for the Individuals earlier than the 20-minute mark, choosing up the ball simply contained in the attacking third, dribbling to the highest of the penalty space and smashing a swerving shot previous Thailand keeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying.
A set piece led to the third purpose for the U.S. simply previous 30 minutes, as Lindsey Horan hit her close-range shot into the roof of the web. Thailand was fortunate to not concede one other earlier than the break, with Jill Ellis’ group persevering with to dominate the match and preserve their opponents below fixed stress.
“We actually simply got here into this recreation and actually needed to showcase ourselves and what we have been getting ready for and what we have been engaged on,” Morgan stated after the match. “I feel we did that. Each purpose issues on this match and that is what we had been engaged on this recreation.”
The U.S. picked up proper the place it left off within the first half after the break, scoring 4 targets in simply over 10 minutes.
Sam Mewis, who began in midfield after Becky Sauerbrunn was held out for precautionary causes with an harm, began issues off within the 50th minute earlier than Morgan, Lavelle and Mewis all added their second targets to make it 7-0.
Morgan accomplished her third and fourth because the match approached full-time, and Megan Rapinoe added one other on the counterattack in between to place the U.S. up 10-0.
Substitute Mallory Pugh then scored to place the U.S. up 11-Zero and Morgan added her fifth purpose of the night time to hitch compatriot Michelle Akers as the one two ladies to attain 5 in a single match on the World Cup.
Veteran Carli Lloyd then added a 13th purpose of the night time for the U.S. to succeed in the ultimate scoreline and provides the Individuals a file for each margin of victory and targets scored, surpassing Germany, who beat Argentina 11-Zero in 2007.
Thailand, ranked No. 34 on this planet, was clearly outmatched though the group has proven progress on the world stage. Making its World Cup debut in 2015 4 years in the past, Thailand completed third in its group however earned its first win, a 3-2 victory over Ivory Coast.
On the ultimate whistle, Lloyd and Christian Press had been seen consoling the Thailand goalkeeper. Morgan put her arm round an opponent, who was wiping away tears on the pitch moments after the ultimate whistle.
The group-leading U.S., who had a 39-2 shot benefit to enhance to 6-0-2 in World Cup openers, subsequent faces Chile earlier than enjoying Sweden in its final match earlier than the knockout rounds start.
Sweden, who defeated Chile 2-Zero earlier on Tuesday in Rennes, ousted the U.S. within the groups final assembly within the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.