Sunday 21 July 2019

Record-breaking Lloyd makes it six on spin

Carli Lloyd of the US gestures to fans after the match. Photo: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Carli Lloyd of the US gestures to fans after the match. Photo: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes Sportdesk

Record-breaker Carli Lloyd scored twice and missed a penalty as the United States overpowered Chile 3-0 in Paris to reach the Women's World Cup last 16.

Lloyd became the first player to score in six successive World Cup games as she put the dominant US into a deserved lead after 11 minutes at Parc des Princes, before Julie Ertz doubled the lead.

Lloyd grabbed her second 10 minutes before the break and twice went close to scoring a hat-trick in the second-half as she headed against the bar and fired a spot-kick wide.

The US, who won their tournament opener against Thailand 13-0, might also have won their second Group F match by another lopsided scoreline but for a fine display by Chile's goalkeeper.

Christiane Endler was excellent throughout and produced stunning saves in the second-half to deny Christen Press twice and thwart Lindsey Horan.

Chile did have the ball in the net when the score was 1-0, but it was ruled out for a clear offside against Carla Guerrero.

Chile also had a justifiable grievance over the awarding of the corner that led to Ertz's headed second, but the South Americans were generally outclassed.

Meanwhile, Kosovare Asllani felt Sweden did a professional job as they swept into the last 16 of the Women's World Cup with a 5-1 thrashing of Thailand.

Asllani, the player of the match, was one of five on the scoresheet in a comfortable victory in Nice along with Linda Sembrant, Fridolina Rolfo, Lina Hurtig and Elin Rubensson.

"It's good that we had five different scorers. I felt that we found a number of avenues to break through," Asllani said.

Today's games

South Africa v Germany, RTÉ2, 5.0 China v Spain, TG4, 5.0

Nigeria v France, RTÉ2, 8.0

S Korea v Norway, TG4, 8.0

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