The defending champions topped Germany’s previous World Cup record of 11 goals with a 13-0 thrashing of severely outmatched Thailand. Seven U.S. players scored, including Alex Morgan, whose five goals tied Michelle Akers’ record for the most by an American in the tournament. The opening-round match reignited questions about the fairness of the group rounds as well as criticisms that the U.S. ran up the score in the most lopsided World Cup win ever.
What’s next for Group F? Sweden takes on Thailand after a 2-0 defeat of Chile, which faces the U.S. in Paris on Sunday.
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