Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

USWNT wins most lopsided game in World Cup history

USWNT wins most lopsided game in World Cup history

The Americans poured on the goals and defeated Thailand 13-0 - the biggest blowout in the tournament's history.

Highest-scoring game: 13 goals Before Tuesday, there had never been more than 11 goals in a Women's World Cup match - that's counting goals from both teams.

Fifth minute, 0-0: United States of America thought it had scored after Alex Morgan tapped in Lindsey Horan's header, but the referee's assistant ruled her offside and disallowed the goal.

Eight minutes later Rose Lavelle found the net with a left-footed shot while midfielder Lindsey Horan gave them a 3-0 lead going into the interval.

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

United States' Alex Morgan scored 5 goals in the team's 13-0 win over Thailand.

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The defending champions have lost just one worldwide game since July 2017 and have won their past seven in a row, scoring 36 goals in the process, and have not conceded in any of their past five matches. The United States has a fairly easy schedule in the group stages, something that could take away from them winning the group and advancing into the knockout stages.

There was no other way to describe the USA defeating Thailand on Tuesday night to kick off their Women's World Cup title defense. In those three defeats, they have failed to score a single goal while conceding 21.

Carli Lloyd will be making her fourth appearance in the Women's World Cup; she's only the ninth player in USWNT history to accomplish that.

USWNT legend Michelle Akers was the only other player to hit five in one match, doing so during the 1991 competition against Chinese Taipei, but Morgan was not content with just scoring goals. Lloyd has seven career goals in World Cup play, including three in the 2015 final against Japan.

The top two teams in each of the six groups will qualify automatically for the last 16, along with the four best third-placed sides.

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