What a 13-0 U.S. Win Over Thailand Looked Like at the Womens World Cup

 nytimes.com  06/11/2019 23:54:27   Talya Minsberg

The United States faced Thailand in their first game at the 2019 Womens World Cup. What ensued was a record and an annihilation.

Alex Morgan, center, started the record-breaking rout with a goal in the 12th minute.CreditCreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press

It was the largest margin of victory ever at the World Cup, and it began in the 12th minute.

Alex Morgan scored the first goal in the match between the United States and Thailand, and Rose Lavelle doubled the lead eight minutes later. After it was all over, the defending champion U.S. had the largest margin of victory ever at the World Cup.

The goals came quickly from the United States, one after the other. If you stepped away from the game, chances are you missed a U.S. goal. The Americans scored four goals in one six-minute span early in the second half, and five goals after the 78th minute.

Morgan scored five goals, tying a team record. Lavelle and Sam Mewis had two goals each. Lindsey Horan scored. So did Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd.

The flurry of goals  the most goals ever scored in a World Cup match  kept many of the 18,591 fans inside the stadium in Reims, France, on their feet.

For these players, four years now some of them have been working, some of them even longer. I dont find it my job to go and harness my players and rein them in, U.S. Coach Jill Ellis said in response to suggestions that her team should have eased up at some point. This is a world championship.

The Americans outshot Thailand, 39-2. After the final whistle blew, many of the American players embraced Thailands goalkeeper, Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and offered words of encouragement.

Heres a look at each of those 13 goals, and the celebrations that ensued.

One.CreditRobert Cianflone/Getty Images
Two.CreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press
Three.CreditChristian Hartmann/Reuters
And four.CreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press
Five.CreditRobert Cianflone/Getty Images
Six.CreditAlex Caparros/FIFA, via Getty Images
Seven.CreditRobert Cianflone/Getty Images
Approaching eight.CreditAlex Caparros/FIFA, via Getty Images
And then nine.CreditLucy Nicholson/Reuters
10.CreditLucy Nicholson/Reuters
11.CreditTolga Bozoglu/EPA, via Shutterstock
12.CreditRobert Cianflone/Getty Images
And after 13.CreditChristian Hartmann/Reuters
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