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Sweden and the United States Victorious in First 2019 World Cup Matchups

In both team’s first games of the tournement, the United States and Sweden defeated their opponents while allowing no score.

Photo courtesy of The Big Lead

It was day five for the Women’s World Cup Soccer tournament in France, but for the teams from Sweden, Chile, Thailand, and America things were just getting started.

SWEDEN vs CHILE; 2-0

The Swedish women went into this first round match-up an overwhelming favorite against the Chilean team ranked 30 places below the ninth-ranked Swedes. Indeed, the game was lopsided. Chile had just one shot on goal to Sweden’s six and less than half the time of possession as their opponents.

Despite dominating in every facet of the game, the Swedish women’s team needed 83 minutes to put their first point on the board. The goal came by way of Kosovare Asllani, after a 40-minute weather delay. Madelen Janogy added an insurance goal coming into the game off of the bench.  

The Swedish Women’s team will take on Thailand in Stade de Nice on Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

UNITED STATES vs THAILAND; 13-0

The defending World Cup Champions were in action on Tuesday taking on Thailand in what turned out to be a record-setting and history-making performance for the USWNT.

Records were poised to shatter as the US took an early lead at the13th-minute mark with the first of five goals from Alex Morgan. Morgan’s scoring run tied the record number of tournament goals set by United States standout Michelle Akers in 1991.

The first half of the game was no indication of what was to come; at half time, the score was 3-0. In the second half, the defending champions shifted into another gear and broke the record for goals scored in a half with ten.

All totaled, the US team racked up scores from seven different players against the 34th ranked Thai Women’s team. This performance broke the World Cup record for goals by a team and margin of victory. When the dust settled, the United States team scored 13 points on 39 shot, and 21 of these perfectly executed.

USWNT coach, Jill Ellis, emphasized that her team would not become careless or overconfident in light of the excessively uneven score. While coach Ellis and her players may remain humble, the rest of the soccer world is in awe of the achievement. The United States women will face Chile on Sunday, June 16 in Parc des Princes stadium, Paris. The game will begin at noon EST

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