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Lloyd hailed after making bit of history in US victory

United States 3 Chile 0

Historic moment: United States forward Carli Lloyd celebrates breaking the deadlock
Historic moment: United States forward Carli Lloyd celebrates breaking the deadlock
Kosovare Asllani

By Paul Burrows

Record-breaker Carli Lloyd scored twice and missed a penalty as the United States overpowered Chile 3-0 in Paris to reach the Women's World Cup last 16.

Lloyd became the first player to score in six successive World Cup games as she put the dominant US into a deserved lead after 11 minutes at the Parc des Princes before Julie Ertz doubled the advantage.

Lloyd grabbed her second 10 minutes before the break and twice went close to scoring a hat-trick in the second half as she headed against the bar and fired a spot-kick wide.

The US, who won their tournament opener against Thailand 13-0, might also have won their second Group F match by another lopsided scoreline but for a fine display by Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler.

USA boss Jill Ellis said: "The fact that she's (Carli Lloyd) now scored three goals, I don't think she could be in a better spot. I also know she's ready to do whatever she needs to for the team.

"Christiane Endler was fantastic, we were aware of her skill, she's a world-class goalkeeper. I thought their spirit was magnificent, total credit to Chile. We knew Endler was always going to keep them in the mix."

The Chile stopper reflected: "I'm sad for the defeat, but happy for my performance.

"I prepared intensely this last year to come to the World Cup and perform to the best of my ability. It's a mix of feelings, but I'm satisfied to have played like this, especially here, at this stadium that's my home.

"The football world powers have years of advantage compared to us in the development and support of women's football. Our league in Chile is still amateur and many of our players have had to leave the country to play professionally. Despite the result, being here is a real accomplishment for us.

"This must be the beginning of something bigger and more important so more girls can dedicate themselves to the game professionally."

Endler was excellent throughout and produced stunning saves in the second half to deny Christen Press twice and thwart Lindsey Horan.

Chile did have the ball in the net when the score was 1-0 but it was ruled out for a clear offside against Carla Guerrero.

Chile also had a justifiable grievance over the awarding of the corner that led to Ertz's headed second but the South Americans were generally outclassed.

Kosovare Asllani, meanwhile, felt Sweden did a professional job as they swept into the last 16 with a 5-1 thrashing of Thailand.

Asllani, the player of the match, was one of five Swedish names on the scoresheet in a comfortable victory in Nice along with Linda Sembrant, Fridolina Rolfo, Lina Hurtig and Elin Rubensson.

Asllani said: "It's good that we had five different scorers. I felt that we found a number of avenues to break through and overall it was a good match.

"I think the further we go in the tournament, the tougher the teams, so it was positive we could create a lot in the last third.

"It was a decent performance and now we just want to focus on the USA, that's the next game."

After being thrashed 13-0 in their tournament opener, simply registering a goal was success enough for Thailand.

Coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said: "This goal meant a lot to us. It's a difficult goal and playing a great team like Sweden, it meant so much. It meant that all of our preparation paid off.

"We had a lot of chances today. This one goal made us laugh, made us smile and makes us happy.

"Our defeat in the last game was massive - yes, we were disappointed. But even if we score one today we made some success."

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