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SportsThailand scores 1st World Cup goal in 5-1 loss to Sweden

01:50  17 june  2019
01:50  17 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Alex Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0 REIMS, France — Thailand was never a real threat to the U.S. national team. Even so, the three-time Women's World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game. Goals matter in the group stage. And statements matter in soccer's biggest tournament. "Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup," said captain Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan tied the tournament record with five goals and the United States opened with a historic 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.

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NICE, France — A couple of seconds elapsed before a disbelieving Kanjana Sungngoen raised her arms in celebration.

It really happened.

Thailand had finally scored at this Women's World Cup.

By the time Sungngoen found the net against Sweden in the first minute of stoppage time, Thailand was already trailing 4-0 Sunday.

But simply scoring was a triumph after Thailand's humiliating 13-0 opening loss to the United States. Coaches embraced on the bench and Thai flags were raised in the stands on the French Riviera.

They were still beaming after the final whistle, even after Elin Rubensson scored with the final kick of the game from the penalty spot to seal a 5-1 victory for Sweden, which advanced to the round of 16 with a game to spare.

Alex Morgan comforted a crying Thai player after Team USA's 13-0 smackdown of Thailand in its first match of the World Cup

Alex Morgan comforted a crying Thai player after Team USA's 13-0 smackdown of Thailand in its first match of the World Cup After scoring five of the Team USA's 13 goals, Alex Morgan showed good sportsmanship to an upset opponent from Thailand.

Morgan tied Michelle Akers' record for World Cup goals , set in the quarterfinals against Taiwan in 1991. The team's seven different scorers also set Lloyd, 36, became the oldest American woman to score at a World Cup and joined Germany's Birgit Prinz as the only players to score in five straight

Alex Morgan tied a World Cup record with five goals as the defending champion U.S. national team opened the Women’s World Cup with a record-breaking The team is 7- 1 -2 overall this year, with six straight wins going into the World Cup and its seven different scorers against Thailand set a record

Thailand scores 1st World Cup goal in 5-1 loss to Sweden© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

"Everyone was very happy that we at least scored one," Kanjana said through a translator. "The whole team is very glad."

Even if it was only a consolation goal and the team remains bottom of Group F.

"It was a difficult goal and playing a great team like Sweden, it meant so much," Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said through a translator. "It meant that all of our preparation paid off. We had a lot of chances today. This one goal made us laugh, made us smile and makes us happy."

Forget that Thailand's 18 goals conceded equals the tournament record set by Argentina in 2007. And, Thailand still must face Chile in the group finale.

Even Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, through the disappointment of not keeping a clean sheet, could see what scoring meant to the Thais.

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Women's World Cup 2019: USWNT went 'overboard' celebrating vs. Thailand, says Hope Solo "I felt bad for the Thailand team in general, especially when I saw some players physically dejected and actually give up," Solo said.

Morgan tied Michelle Akers' record for World Cup goals , set in the quarterfinals against Taiwan in 1991. The team's seven different scorers also set Lloyd, 36, became the oldest American woman to score at a World Cup and joined Germany's Birgit Prinz as the only players to score in five straight

More than 2,000 goals have been scored in the 21 editions of the FIFA World Cup final tournaments, not counting penalties scored during shoot-outs.

"We are all human," Lindahl said, "and having had that defeat they had against the US, and now scoring their goal, you can feel some empathy for them."

It helped that her teammates had already scored four times by the time Sungngoen got on the end of a high ball on the right flank and cut in before beating Lindahl at her near post.

The first of the five Swedish scorers netted in the 6th minute in Nice, with Linda Sembrant heading past Waraporn Boonsing.

The Thai goalkeeper did manage to palm away Anna Anvegard's shot in the 19th minute but she couldn't recover the ball to prevent Kosovare Asllani scoring. Boonsing couldn't stop the 41st-minute strike from Fridolina Rolfö curling into the top corner.

Just like in the game against the United States, it was 3-0 at halftime. Unlike in Paris, Thailand didn't concede another four times in the opening 11 minutes of the second half.

In fact, it took Sweden until the 81st minute to find the net again through Lina Hurtig's header before being beaten by Thailand on the counterattack.

So when the final whistle blew, the Thai squad was able to bow to its fans. Some pride had been restored.

"Our defeat in the last game was massive," Srathongvian said. "We were disappointed, but scoring one today we made some success. We still need to develop and we need to improve and make it better. We need to get as close to other super teams. We need to play better so we can enjoy it more."

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Rob Harris, The Associated Press

Canadians crash out of Women's World Cup in round-of-16 loss to Sweden.
PARIS — Canada's World Cup campaign ended in the round-of-16 Monday with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Sweden that saw the Canadians miss a chance to tie the game from the penalty spot. Fifth-ranked Canada, which came to the tournament with hopes of going far deeper, could not break down the ninth-ranked Swedes as its offence lacked clinical finishing again. The tournament lasted just four games for the Canadian women, with two losses to lower-ranked sides. The game started as advertised with two disciplined teams cancelling each other out before 38,078 at Parc des Princes.

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