(PM) — On their opening game in this year’s group stages of their World Cup campaign, the U.S. Women’s soccer team made history last night in Reims, France, demolishing Thailand by an astonishing 13 goals to nil.
The reigning Women’s World Cup holders are ranked #1 in the world and demonstrated exactly why.
Their clinical & emphatic victory was the biggest margin in either men’s or women’s World Cup history.
The second biggest margin was Germany’s 11-0 win against Argentina in 2007.
The 13 goals were more than the U.S. Men’s team have scored in all World Cup appearances since 2006 combined.
The women’s team, who are attempting to reach their third consecutive World Cup final went 1-0 up after just 12 minutes with the unmarked Alex Morgan heading in Kelley O’Hara’s cross.
Morgan coincidentally just happened to be wearing the number 13 shirt, a sign of things in store for Thailand.
The U.S. were 3-0 up at half time with a second from a powerful strike by Rose Lavelle and a third from Lindsey Horan…but that was just a taster of things to come.
Thailand ranked 34th in the world, knew the second half would be a struggle, with the U.S. simply outclassing them at every turn and playing some sublime soccer.
The second half saw the U.S. really turn the screw…they meant business and were ruthless in their destruction of the Thai team, who virtually collapsed under the continuous pressure.
After just 5 minutes, Samantha Mewis gave the Women’s World Cup it’s 800th goal, followed in quick succession by a second from Morgan a further goal by Mewis and Lavelle’s second goal of the night.
The relentless pressure continued, with Thailand becoming more noticeably drained of energy by the minute and simply no match for the fitness of the U.S. women.
The eight, tenth & 12th goal of the onslaught saw Morgan’s total rise to five, more than any other country has scored thus far in this World Cup.
Megan Rapinoe scored the ninth after a perfectly-timed run, with substitute Mallory Pugh finding an easy touch around the Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor for the eleventh.
The statistic of 73% possession by the U.S. came as no surprise;
U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was a spectator for the vast majority of the game, with Thailand only having two shots on target, compared to the U.S.’ twenty.
The 36-year old veteran Carli Lloyd, on her 275th cap for the U.S. found the net two minutes into extra time to leave Thailand inconsolable, many players in tears as the full-time whistle blew.
Although many of the U.S. team displayed great sporting manner by hugging the Thai team in consolation, there was no getting away from this clinical humiliation.
A proud U.S. Head coach Jill Ellis told BBC Sport “The players are on a mission” before adding she was “in tears watching them”.
Voted Player of the Match, Alex Morgan said “I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little girl- we want that gold star”.
The U.S. now top Group F and next play Chile who are ranked 39th in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Sunday 16th June before meeting with 9th ranked Sweden on the 20 June.