The United States women’s team began the defense of the women’s World Cup trophy in ruthless fashion yesterday with a record-setting 13-0 destruction of Thailand.
With as many as ten of the goals by the Americans not coming until the second half, USA set a new mark for the biggest winning margin in a women’s World Cup match.
The score trumps Germany’s 11-0 defeat of Argentina 12 years ago, with Alex Morgan alone helping herself to five goals.
Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each while Lindsey Horan, skipper Megan Rapinoe and substitutes Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also found the net for the USA in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by a crowd of more than 18,000 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.
The record result in a World Cup match for the United States was a 7-0 defeat of Taiwan in the quarter-finals of the first tournament in 1991.
With five goals in one game, Morgan equalled the record for most goals by a player in a World Cup match set by her compatriot, Michelle Akers. The goals also took her for her country to 106 in total in164 matches.
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