The United States thrashed Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday, which is now the biggest victory in the World Cup.
The USWNT sent a message to their 2019 Women’s World Cup rivals with an unbelievable 13-0 victory over Thailand. United States began their Women’s World Cup defence in style. The reigning champions had to wait five days to start their campaign but produced an ominous performance that doubled as the biggest win in tournament history, surpassing Germany’s 11-0 trouncing of Argentina in 2007.
Alex Morgan scored 5 goals, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis scored 2 goals each and a goal apiece from Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd gave the reigning world champions an emphatic, record-breaking victory in Reims. Morgan took her goal tally at the international level to 106 goals. They are now on top of Group F on goal difference.
It all started with an Alex Morgan’s strike on 12 minutes against Thailand which opened the floodgates for a devastating USA performance. After Morgan, Lavelle and Horan scored before half time to make it 3-0 for the United States. But, it was after the interval when the tournament favourites really stepped things up a gear and four goals inside six minutes from Mewis, Morgan, Mewis again and Lavelle’s second of the game put the USWNT 7-0 up.
It was Alex Morgan who bagged the record-breaking strike when she fired home left-footed to make it 12-0, surpassing Germany’s 11-0 thrashing of Argentina in 2007. Morgan was the Man of the Match for the United States. The favourite for the Golden Boot started as she means to go on with five very well taken goals. She’s gonna take some stopping in France.
Let’s take a look at the records and stats created by the United States against Thailand:
- The United States’ 13-0 win is the largest margin of victory ever at a World Cup finals ( both men’s and women’s).
- Alex Morgan tied the Women’s World Cup record with five goals. She also had three assists to make it eight goal involvements, the most by any player since 2011. Only three other players have had three or more goals and one or more assists in a Women’s World Cup match.
- The United States took 40 shots against Thailand, 20 of which were on target. Both are Women’s World Cup records.
- Morgan joined Carli Lloyd, Carin Jennings and Michelle Akers as the only Americans to record a hat trick in the WWC.
- Lloyd and Morgan now each have eight goals in the Women’s World Cup, tied for the third-most ever by an American.
- There were just six minutes between the USA’s 4th and 7th goals against Thailand (50, 53, 54, 56), the fastest four-goal burst to have been scored in a single Women’s World Cup match in the competition’s history.
- Rose Lavelle (24 years, 28 days) and Lindsey Horan (25 years, 16 days) are the third- and fourth-youngest Americans, respectively, to record braces in a Women’s World Cup match.
- Mallory Pugh (21 years, 1 month, 13 days) is now the third-youngest goalscorer in a Women’s World Cup match for the USA.
- Megan Rapinoe (33 years, 341 days) is now the third-oldest American goalscorer in WWC history, behind Abby Wambach (35 years, 15 days) and Kristine Lilly (36 years, 62 days).
- Rapinoe also tallied two assists, giving her six in Women’s World Cup play, tied with Japan’s Aya Miyama for the most in tournament history.
- Samantha Mewis’ first goal was the 800th goal scored in FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, with USA responsible for 116 of them — more than any other team.
- The US became the first team in Women’s World Cup history to have three different players record a brace in the same match.
- The US has now had 32 different players (excluding own goals) score for them at the Women’s World Cup, making the US the second nation to have that many different scorers in the competition’s history after Germany (34).
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