Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Five Takes From the USWNT's Record-Breaking Win Over Thailand

Five Takes From the USWNT's Record-Breaking Win Over Thailand

4-0, 50 minutes: Samantha Mewis' deflected effort gave her the 800th goal in Women's World Cup history.

"To see Rose Lavalle have the confidence to go at players, Sam Mewis taking on players and scoring from outside the box, they showed really well".

Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as holders the United States began their World Cup campaign with a record 13-0 win over Thailand.

Adding to the US dominance, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis added two goals each.

Morgan's dominance started in the 12th minute of the match when she headed a ball off the foot of Kelley O'Hara.

"Every goal matters in this tournament and so that's what we were working on in this game".

The United States' previous biggest win in the tournament was a 7-0 success over Chinese Taipei in 1991, while Germany's thrashing of Argentina came in 2007.

On the Women's World Cup Twitter account on May 7, Federation Internationale de Football Association wrote that "You can still buy tickets for a few matches" - despite it now being apparent more than 70 per cent of games were not at capacity. Yet, the score remains goal-less. Morgan refused to settle for a hat trick and tied this record by netting her final two goals in the 81st and 87th minutes. The No. 1-ranked United States is the defending Women's World Cup champion.

She was happy to set the table for others as well, notching three assists on the night, the most for any single player in Women's World Cup history, capping off a historic performance that saw her account for eight of the 13 goals scored.

Carli Lloyd earned her 275th cap for the USA in their win over Thailand, moving her to fourth on the all-time list.

The USA will face Chile in Paris at 17:00 BST on 16 June, three hours after Thailand meet Sweden.

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