Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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WWC roundup: Morgan scores five goals, USA routs Thailand

WWC roundup: Morgan scores five goals, USA routs Thailand

The U.S. Women's National Team won its first game of the World Cup with the largest margin of victory in Federation Internationale de Football Association history Tuesday in a wild soccer match against Thailand.

"In general we are stronger than our opponents and the final 20 minutes are important for us", said Asllani. After a score by Mallory Pugh, she equaled Michelle Akers' mark of five goals in a World Cup match in the 87th minute.

Her other goals all came in the second half, respectively on 53, 74, 81 and 87 minutes.

"Excitement could be the best word to describe where I am personally and where our players are", Ellis told a press conference one day before they face Thailand in Group F.

"We accept the score today".

Thailand and the United States are the final two teams in the field to kick off the group stage.

But though the scoreline may suggest it was a close run thing, the result was no less than Kenneth Heiner-Møller's players deserved as they dominated against a Cameroon side who failed to muster a single shot on target.

Sweden will next play Thailand in Nice on Sunday, with Chile set to play defending world champions the United States of America. Up first for the US is the biggest longshot in the entire tournament in Thailand, sitting at 2000-1 entering the tournament.

Kosovare Asllani fired home in the 83rd minute to give Sweden the lead after the Swedes' 19 previous shots went in vain.

Substitute Madelen Janogy added a fine individual effort during stoppage time to wrap up victory.

The top-ranked Americans are seeking their fourth overall World Cup title, and coach Thailand coach Nuengruethai Sathongwien said the team is not backing down.

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

It was a cruel result for Tom Sermanni's players, who did just enough to keep the Netherlands' unsafe front three of Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens and Shanice van de Sanden at bay, only for Roord to pounce 16 minutes after coming off the bench.

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