The US Women’s National Team, it turns out, is pretty good at this soccer thing. Good enough to cover the spread … of an American football game.
The Americans decimated Thailand 13-0 in their opening game at the Women’s World Cup. Alex Morgan had five goals, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis scored two each, while Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Megan Rapinoe added goals as well.
It is the most goals scored and the most lopsided victory in World Cup history.
The previous record margin was Germany’s 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.
Morgan tied Michelle Akers’ record for World Cup goals, set in the quarterfinals against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
“We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,” Morgan said. “Every goal matters in this tournament and that’s what we were working on.”
The U.S. women’s national team opened World Cup play on Tuesday in dominant, historic fashion.
Their 13-0 victory over Thailand was a record margin for the Women’s World Cup and cause for elation for the team and its fans. Alex Morgan’s individual tally of five goals tied a tournament record.
But as the USWNT celebrated turning a 3-0 halftime rout into a new standard for dominant play against an overmatched opponent, some took umbrage with not only the margin — but the players’ continued celebration of the scores well after the game was in hand.
Brazil was looking for revenge against Australia for their 2015 World Cup knockout in the round of 16. Instead, Australia came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Brazil 3-2, and found a little redemption after their surprise defeat at the hands of Italy.
In the early going, Australia looked slightly overwhelmed and were subject to some unfortunate penalties. They were almost awarded a free kick in the 20th minute, but a VAR check led to a handball being called on Australia instead. Seven minutes later Brazil was awarded a penalty kick. Marta, one of the most accomplished women in World Cup history, took the kick and gave Brazil a 1-0 lead while adding to her own legend.
Coming into the match on Thursday, Marta already had the most goals in Women’s World Cup history with 15. She got her 16th when she converted that penalty against Australia, and became the first woman to score a goal in five different World Cups.
Brazil scored another in the 38th minute on a header from Cristiane to make it 2-0, but Australia fought back in stoppage time with this beauty from Caitlin Foord.
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France kicked off on June 7 in Paris, France, with the hosts pulling away with a comfortable win in the opener. Australia got a big win over Brazil on Thursday to make Group C more interesting.
On Tuesday, the Americans started their title defense with a record-setting blowout win vs. Thailand that left some folks uneasy. Here's a look at every record set in that 13-goal win of epic proportions.
Twenty-four nations are fighting for the right to take home the most coveted trophy in the sport. The United States is one of the favorites entering the competition, having won the 2015 World Cup in Canada by beating Japan in the final.
Here's how to watch the cup and the full schedule:
How to stream, watch on TV The tournament will air in the United States English on Fox and FS1, while the Spanish broadcast rights are with Telemundo, with games also airing on Universo. You can watch the tournament on fuboTV (Try for free).
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