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Women's World Cup 2019: United States thrash Thailand 13-0 to break all-time record

The Independent logo The Independent 11/06/2019 Mark Critchley
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The United States thrashed Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday to record the biggest-ever win in Women’s World Cup history.

Alex Morgan scored five goals as the holders romped to a victory at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims which left several Thai players visibly upset at full time.

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Morgan’s five-goal haul equals the record held by Michelle Akers, her fellow American, who scored the same number against Chinese Taipei in 1991.

Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis both scored braces for the United States, while Lindsay Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mal Pugh and Carli Loyd also added their names to the scoresheet.

Jill Ellis’ side are well-fancied to retain their status as world champions and showed no mercy to their Group F opponents until after the final whistle.

For Thailand, ranked 34th in the world, it represents their all-time biggest defeat. Suchawadee Nildhamrong, an American-born Thai player, was comforted by Morgan at full time.

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“Every goal matters in this tournament and that is what we were working on,” Morgan said. ”We were really clinical in the attacks we did get.

“I am speechless. The ball just bounced my way today and I am looking forward to the next game.

“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. I am really proud of them.”

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