The 13 – 0 score is no longer a myth but a reality. Defending champions, United States shine through yesterday as they set a new FIFA World Cup record after thrashing Thailand 13-0 in their Group F match in Reims on Tuesday.
The match was Thailand’s heaviest defeat in World Cup history.
The US scored three goals in the opening 32 minutes, before scoring 10 more goals in the second half to record the largest victory in a World Cup. Before yesterday’s game, United States’ previous biggest win in the tournament was a 7-0 success over Chinese Taipei in 1991.
Alex Morgan opened the scoring after 12 minutes and scored another four goals before the final whistle.Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis also scored twice respectively with Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also on the score sheet as they set a new record winning margin in World Cup competition.
“We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,” Morgan said after the game. “Every goal matters in this tournament and that’s what we were working on.”
O’Hara added: “It is a tournament – goal differential matters. At the end of the day, we can’t feel bad for scoring as many goals as possible in any game you’re playing.”