WWC roundup: Morgan scores five goals, US routs Thailand


Day five at the 2019 Women's World Cup produced last gasp drama, the weather playing havoc and the pre-tournament favourites obliterating the biggest win record. "I think the players are ready, excited, hungry", she said in a news conference Monday evening. "I feel confident putting any one of the 23 players out there".

"Players that we selected and preparation has been excellent, and we are just ready to focus on the match tomorrow night", Ellis, who took in charge in 2014, pointed out.

This is not the first time that Ri, Hong and Kim have worked together at the Women's World Cup - the trio officiated three matches at the 2015 edition in Canada, including the third-place contest between Germany and England. In recent days, the city's car-free downtown plaza has been packed with fans wearing U.S. regalia - after France, U.S. fans have bought the second-highest number of tickets to the tournament. It's the World Cup folks.

Chile, ranked No. 39 and the fifth South American team to play in a World Cup, was hurt in the 59th minute when Maria Urrutia was injured and had to be stretchered off. Even the team's newer members such as forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Lindsey Horan have been with the team at least three years and played at the last Olympics.

And of course, there's the indisputable point that World Cup teams are incentivized to score as many goals as possible with goal differential acting as a tiebreaker - though it's an argument that doesn't address the celebrations. Lloyd, who had a hat trick against Japan in the 2015 final, will be called off the bench at clutch moments as she plays in her fourth World Cup.

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The 41-year-old began her refereeing career in 2007 and plans to retire after this World Cup.

In the same group earlier, Sweden scored two late goals to beat Chile 2-0 after a long hold-up in their match in Rennes because of a violent storm which led to conditions deteriorating. Just after the 2016 Olympics, the USA beat Thailand 9-0 in a friendly.

Morgan said she had just spotted Nild in the hallway and introduced herself.

At an open training session, French children surrounded the USA players in hopes of getting autographs.