USA trash 13 past Thailand

A ruthless USA began their campaign in scintillating style with a 13-0 victory over Thailand. Three-time champions USA scored 10 goals in the second half in Reims on Tuesday as they eclipsed Germanyโ€™s 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007, and shattered their own previous tournament best of 7-0.

It took just 12 minutes for the defending champions to open scoring – as Alex Morgan headed home a header from four yards. Alex Morgan scored 5 goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each, and Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by more than 18,000.

The odds had always been against Thailand. The bookies’ thought so, the fans thought so and so did the experts.

This was the world’s most successful country in Women’s World Cup history, winners of three previous editions of this tournament and favorites in France for a fourth, going up against a nation which was competing in just its second World Cup.

It was No.1 in the world versus No. 34 and these sorts of contests usually end one way, though not quite so savagely. In truth, the gulf between the teams was bigger than the world ranking would suggest.

โ€œThis is a world championship so every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents,โ€ said USA coach Jill Ellis.

Morgan, who now has 106 goals for her country, matched a record set by her compatriot Michelle Akers by scoring five times in a World Cup game.

โ€œWe always want to have any world record and anything we can get over the Germans, weโ€™ll take it,โ€ joked Rapinoe.

Morgan and Rapinoe are among the biggest stars in a squad who have made waves with their much publicised fight for pay equality that saw them file a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March, accusing the organisation of gender discrimination.

โ€œOur players were waiting for this moment and they were really disappointed,โ€ said the Thailand coach, Nuengruethai Sathongwien. โ€œWe donโ€™t have any excuse and we accept that they are better.โ€