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Holders USA fire out warning with 13-goal thrashing of Thailand


Demolition job: Alex Morgan (left) of the USA celebrates with team-mate Megan Rapinoe after scoring her team’s 12th goal
Demolition job: Alex Morgan (left) of the USA celebrates with team-mate Megan Rapinoe after scoring her team’s 12th goal

By Phil Medlicott

The United States thrashed Thailand 13-0 to record the biggest-ever win in Women's World Cup history.

Alex Morgan scored five goals as the holders romped to a victory at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, which left several Thai players visibly upset at full time.

Morgan's five-goal haul equals the record held by Michelle Akers, her fellow American, who scored the same number against Chinese Taipei in 1991.

Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis both scored braces for the United States, while Lindsay Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mal Pugh and Carli Loyd also added their names to the scoresheet.

Jill Ellis' side are well-fancied to retain their status as world champions and showed no mercy to their Group F opponents until after the final whistle.

For Thailand, ranked 34th in the world, it represents their all-time biggest defeat. Suchawadee Nildhamrong, an American-born Thai player, was comforted by Morgan at full time.

"Every goal matters in this tournament and that is what we were working on," Morgan said. "We were really clinical in the attacks we did get.

"I am speechless. The ball just bounced my way, and I am looking forward to the next game.

"To see Rose Lavalle have the confidence to go at players, Sam Mewis taking on players and scoring from outside the box, they showed really well. I am really proud of them."

Fran Kirby says the record-breaking television viewing figure for England's World Cup victory over Scotland on Sunday shows that those who dismiss the women's game are "a minority".

The 2-1 win in Nice was the UK's most watched women's football match of all time, according to the BBC, attracting a peak of 6.1million watching on television, and a 37.8 per cent share of the available audience.

England forward Kirby said: "I think we're always fighting these people who are saying stuff but it just shows that it is a minority and there are many people out there that want us to do well.

"And ultimately we are playing for England, for our country, and to make the supporters back home proud.

"We're not playing to try to show these people that people do care about women's football, that's not what we're trying to do.

"We're trying to win a World Cup for our country, and I think everyone who supports football can get behind that.

"Hopefully we can continue to grow those figures and keep that minority a minority and really grow this sport."

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