Match day five of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off in Paris Tuesday afternoon. The day’s matches feature New Zealand and the Netherlands in Group E and all four teams of Group F, the last group in the tournament.
United States 13 – 0 Thailand
The U.S. were the clear favorite to win this match. With five wins and two draws, they have never lost an opening match in the history of the tournament. The only prior time these two teams met resulted in a resounding 9-0 victory for the United States.
To call this match a rout is an understatement. Continuing their opening match undefeated streak, the number one ranked United States barely gave the No. 34 ranked Thailand a change.
The U.S. came out of the gate strong, dominating possession and keeping the ball in Thailand’s half of the field. They found the back of the net in the fifth minute on their third shot. But after VAR review, the goal was called back because a U.S. player was in an offside position.
Morgan corrected that in the 12th minute, putting away her first of the night. Kelly O’Hara played a perfect ball over the top of the defenders from the right side of the penalty area and Morgan headed it past the Thai keeper effortlessly.
It was all downhill from there.
By the end of the first half, the U.S. had taken a 3-0 lead. No one could have predicted they would score 10 more in the second half.
The United States’ 13 goals is the most-ever scored in a World Cup match – men or women. Alex Morgan’s five goals ties the single-game record in a Women’s World Cup match held by Michelle Akers (USA).
The defending champions proved why they are the favorite. Seven different women combined for the 13 goals.
“We were really clinical,“ Alex Morgan said of their attacking play. “Every goal matters in this tournament.“
In the end, the U.S. notched 13 goals on 39 shots, 21 of which were on target. Thailand blocked nine of the shots, but gave up 10 corner kicks.
- 12‘ – Alex Morgan (USA)
- 20‘ – Rose Lavelle (USA)
- 32‘ – Linsey Horan (USA)
- 50‘ – Sam Mewis (USA)
- 53‘ – Alex Morgan (USA)
- 54‘ – Sam Mewis (USA)
- 56‘ – Rose Lavelle (USA)
- 74‘ – Alex Morgan (USA)
- 79‘ – Megan Rapinoe (USA)
- 81‘ – Alex Morgan (USA)
- 85‘ – Mallory Pugh (USA)
- 87‘ – Alex Morgan (USA)
- 90‘+2 – Carli Lloyd (USA)
- 72‘ – Yellow: Taneekarn Dangda (THA)