FT: USA 13 -0 Thailand: Marvellous Morgan helps USA to biggest ever WC victory

Women's World Cup 2019: Follow live score and updates from defending champion USA's Group F match against Thailand.

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan scored five goals to help USA beat Thailand 13-0 in its opening game of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 in Reims on Tuesday.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019. 

It's time for the third and biggest match of the night as defending champion USA takes on Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France.

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USA faces Chile next, with the Sweden game being the final group match. Safe to say that we've had an overwhelming amount of football for one night. Until the next match, it's goodbye from the us at Sportstar!

To check out the points table and group standings as they are tonight, click here.

If we could sum up tonight in a tweet, it would look like this:

 

Thailand's Suchawadee Nildhamrong cannot hold back her tears. A night to forget for the Thailand team. USA has begun its title defense in style and if this doesn't send shock waves through the World Cup, we don't know what will.

FT: USA 13 - 0 THAILAND. No doubts about who the player of the match is!

 

90' +2 LLOYD SCORES! What a night this has turned out to be. USA 13-0 Thailand

87'  FIVE FOR ALEX MORGAN. What a night for her this has been! If the US wins by this margin, it would be a record scoreline. The Americans are hunting for more.

84' Mallory Pugh gets one in. Morgan assists. You have to feel for Thailand. This is an onslaught.

This 11th goal is precisely why. 

It's goals by the minute in Reims tonight. We are going to go easy on our updates. Dangerously high adrenaline, even if we say so.

80' Spoke too soon again! 10 TO THE US! Record score for the US! The girls make it look so easy. Thailand looks dejected.  Goal number four for Alex Morgan.

79' ONE MORE. 9 - 0 to the US. Megan Rapinoe joins the party. We have 10 minutes left in this game. What more awaits us from this bunch of mavericks?

74' HAT-TRICK! Alex Morgan scores another one, becoming the fourth American woman to score a hat-trick in the World Cup finals, the last being Carli Lloyd. Morgan found in an inch of space just inside the Thai penalty area, she turns on a dime, pulls the ball back onto her right foot and slams home. Superb technique from one of the world's leading strikers.

 

USA Goals: 12' 21'  32'  50'  53'  55'  56'

 

There's 30 minutes left in this game (without the added time, of course) and we can't help but shudder at the thought of what is to happen to the scoreboard if this is the pace of the game!

56' Will you believe it if I told you we had four goals in six minutes? The Americans are not making this easy for us to bring you in real time. Alex Morgan, Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle net a goal apiece giving the USA a 7-goal lead.

50' After that point, it's only fitting that we find Rapinoe behind this goal! NUMBER FOUR for the American women! Another player on the scoresheet, with Mewis smashing the ball into the back of the net from just inside the box after Rapinoe lays it off into her path. The shot appears to take a slight deflection off a defender, but it was still always going in.

Carli Llyod and Megan Rapinoe have been relatively muted in this game. After representing the United States for over 13 years years, the veterans are more than comfortable in their new reduced roles. Read more here.

We saw a storm of one kind in Rennes earlier today. The US team has brought on another one. What a dominant performance. That essence continues in the second half.

It's been a brilliant first half for the US Women's National Team. The outfit  is drawing inspiration from the side that won the Women's World Cup on home soil 20 years ago. Read about it here.

HT : USA 3 - 0 THAILAND

 

45'+2' Another penalty check! The US have numerous chances in the space of a couple of minutes to score, Thailand appear to just about manage to scramble it away but Horan picks it up again and then goes down theatrically under pressure. Nothing given on the pitch or after a VAR check

45' There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time played.

The US' three goals have come off of four shots on target. It has now scored a headed goal, left footed goal and right footed goal in the same match for the first time since its World Cup Qualifier against Mexico last October.

This is the also the first time the US has scored more than one goal in the first half of a Women's World Cup group game since the 2003 edition on home soil.

 

34' It'll be a miracle if Thailand can get anything out of this game now, with the US in total control and we've only played 34 minutes! There could be a few more goals here tonight.

32' GOAAAAAAL. Number 3 for USA. Tobin Heath and Lindsay Horan join the party. Heath whips a low cross into the box from the free-kick, which bounces around the six-yard box off Mewis and a couple of Thailand players, before falling perfectly to Horan who smashes the ball into the roof of the net.

29' Decent effort! Thongsombut with Thailand's first shot on goal and it's a good strike from long range, but it's straight at Naeher, who comfortably gathers.

If you're just joining us in our LIVE coverage of the USA vs THAILAND game and are a little lost, our match preview is probably a good place to start. From the players to watch out for to interesting numbers and records, here's all you need to know about the game.

That is the seventh headed goal for the United States in 2019, the most by any Women's World Cup team. This ends a stretch of 302 minutes without a goal for Morgan, her third-longest goalless drought since Feb. 2015.

 

20' ANOTHER ONE!  The United States doubles its lead, it's 2-0! Lavelle with a great strike from around 25 yards out, the keeper gets a hand to it, but she just can't push it around the post and it flies into the bottom corner of the net.

12' GOOOAAALLL! Morgan scores again and this time it's allowed to stand, USA leads 1-0. It starts with Rapinoe down the left, she chips the ball across the box and O'Hara runs onto it in plenty of space, she then whips the ball into the path Morgan at the far post, who makes no mistakes with a simple header from close range. This is Morgan's 102nd goal for USA.

USA has lost just once in 21 Group Stage matches in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (W17 D3), losing 1-2 to Sweden in its final group game in 2011.

 

6' Alex Morgan goes for the goal but is ruled offside. Free kick to Thailand. If that was given, it would have been the earliest goal ever in this tournament.

3' Early pressure here by the United Stataes, as expected, it's dominating possession and piling players forward already. Thailand has everyone back behind the ball.

0' KICKOFF. And we're underway. Last match of the night. Biggest one yet.

Did you know: USA and Thailand have only played each other once with the former winning 9-0.

Did you know: Carli Llyod will become the ninth American woman to appear in four World Cups today.

Looks like the USWNT has some high-profile cheerleaders. Watch

TEAM NEWS USA: The United States will open the 2019 World Cup without its premier defensive stalwart. Becky Sauerbrunn is not in the lineup for Tuesday's Group F game against Thailand due to what U.S. Soccer describes as a "minor quad issue." The federation said her injury is not serious and she is being held out as a precaution.

TEAM NEWS

USA (4-3-3): Alyssa Naeher; Kelley O'Hara, Julie Ertz, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn; Lindsay Horan, Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle; Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath.

THAILAND (4-5-1): Sukanya Chor-Charoenying; Warunee Phetwiset,, Natthakarn Chinwong, Kanjanaporn Saenkhun, Sunisa Srangthaisong; Rattikan Thongsombut, Silawan Intamee, Ainon Phancha, Wilaiporn Boothduang, Kanjana Sung-Ngoen; Suchawadee Nildamrong.

 

Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)

READ | 26 female referees in FIFA Women's World Cup 2019

If you missed the first match of the day between New Zealand and Netherlands, we've got you covered. A late goal from outgoing Bayern star Jill Roord secured 3 points for the Dutch women as they beat New Zealand 1-0 in Le Havre on Tuesday. Match report

If you've missed the second game between Chile and Sweden, you've missed some good football. A rain interruption came in the way of a hard fought 0-0 score line in the game between Chile and Sweden. A spirited performance from debutant Chile ensured the mighty Swedes didn't see the net for the first 80 minutes. Coming back from the rain interruption helped Sweden get its rhythm back with Asllani and Janogy scoring a goal each to help the team beat Chile 2-0 on Tuesday. Read the match report here.

PREVIEW: USA VS THA

Thailand qualified for its second World Cup after reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 Asia Cup. It lost on penalties to Australia in the semi-final.

The defending champions, USA, kick their World Cup campaign off today, the last opening match of the group stages. The United States comes into the tournament in good form and is classed as favourites due to its record in this tournament, as it has never finished lower than third and have won a record three tournaments.