USA claim record 13-0 win over Thailand at Women’s World Cup
Champions the United States began their defense of the women’s World Cup trophy in style on Tuesday as Alex Morgan scored five times in a record-setting 13-0 destruction of hapless Thailand in Reims.
In contrast Japan, who have exchanged wins with the USA in the past two finals, were held to a 0-0 draw on Monday by an Argentina side ranked 37th in the world, three places below Thailand.
And the flood of goals was at odds with other title-chasing nations, who struggled to finish off their opening opponents.
World number two side Germany had a narrow 1-0 win over China in Group B, while England had to settle for a 2-1 win over improving Scotland, a nation they beat 6-0 in 2017.
Similarly, European champions the Netherlands needed a late winner to beat New Zealand in Group E, and Canada edged past a Cameroon side ranked 41 places below them.