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USA breaks WCup record in Thai rout

The United States began their trophy defence in scintillating style with 13-0 women’s World Cup thrashing of Thailand in a ruthless demonstration of strength.

Three-time champion USA scored 10 goals in the second half in Reims on Tuesday as they eclipsed Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and shattered their own previous tournament best of 7-0.

Alex Morgan starred with five goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each and Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by more than 18,000.

Morgan, who now has 106 goals for her country, matched a record set by her compatriot Michelle Akers by scoring five times in a World Cup game.

“We always want to have any world record and anything we can get over the Germans, we’ll take it,” joked Rapinoe.

Morgan and Rapinoe are among the biggest stars in a squad who has made waves with their much-publicized fight for pay equality that saw them file a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March, accusing the organization of gender discrimination.

Sweden kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Chile in Rennes on Tuesday, but only after a hold-up because of a violent storm. The players went off for around 40 minutes in the second half with the game at 0-0 before Sweden secured victory thanks to goals by Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy.

“The interruption definitely upset us. We didn’t want it to end 0-0, so we wanted to come back out and decide the game and I think we deserved the three points,” said Asllani.

Sweden faces Thailand next in Group F, while Chile tackles the USA in Paris on Sunday.

The Netherlands beat New Zealand 1-0 in Le Havre in Group E thanks to a Jill Roord goal in stoppage time.




 

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