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2019 Women's World Cup

Day 10: USA, Sweden advance to Round of 16 with victories

USWNT win over Chile
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between USA and Chile at Parc des Princes on June 16, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images)

Sweden 5, Thailand 1

Sweden cruised past Thailand, 5-1 on Sunday to book a place in the round of 16. The Swedes had five different goal-scorers on the day.

Linda Sembrant opened the scoring in the 6th minute, and Kosovare Asllani doubled the lead 13 minutes later. Fridolina Rolfo made it 3-0 before the half, and the Swedes added a pair of late goals to pad the scoreline, including a penalty-kick goal in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time, following video review.

Thailand has been mathematically eliminated from advancing, after losing 13-0 to the U.S. in their opener. Captain Kanjana Sung-Ngeon did score Thailand’s first goal of the 2019 World Cup in second-half stoppage time.

Scoring summary

  • Sweden (Linda Sembrant, 6′)
  • Sweden (Kosovare Asllani, 19′)
  • Sweden (Fridolina Rolfo, 42′)
  • Sweden (Lina Hurtig, 81′)
  • Thailand (Kanjana Sung-Ngeon, 90’+1′)
  • Sweden (Elin Rubensson, 90’+6′, PK)

Caution Summary

  • Thailand (Taneekarn Dangda, 45′)
  • Thailand (Natthakarn Chinwong, 90’+5′)

— Jeff Kassouf

United States 3, Chile 0

The first-ever meeting between the United States and Chile took place in August 2018. In both matches, the United States saw victories, but the first match saw a 3-0 victory. That same scoreline took place again, but this time at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

With the victory, the United States have advanced to the Round of 16. Also advancing in their group is Sweden, who beat Thailand earlier today. The United States didn’t wallop on Chile like they did in their first match against Thailand. However, Carli Lloyd found the back of the net twice in the first half and Julie Ertz scored her first-ever World Cup goal. Meanwhile, Lloyd made history with her goal, making her the first-ever play to score in six-consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup matches.

The match could have easily been 8-0 if it wasn’t for the stellar goalkeeping of Christiane Endler. The Chilean goalkeeper kept her side in it and even denied USA forward Christen Press three times. Endler had a highlight reel game, despite the final score. She finished the match with six saves.

Chile almost had a goal in the first half, but defender Carla Guerrero was waved offside. However, United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was completely caught off-guard and the ball went behind her. The United States was lucky enough to see the referee raise the offside flag.

With the victory, the United States currently lead Group F due to the large goal difference between the USA and Sweden. The two sides will battle for first place on Thursday. Should the United States win or draw, they will win the group. However, if Sweden wins the match the United States will take second place in Group F.

Of note for the United States, four players made their FIFA Women’s World Cup debuts. Tierna Davidson started the match and assisted a goal from Lloyd and Ertz’ header. Both of her assists came off corner kick takes. Meanwhile, Jessica McDonald entered the match at halftime and almost scored, but her shot smacked off the post. Allie Long and Emily Sonnett also made their debuts.

Goal Summary

  • United States (Carli Lloyd, 11′)
  • United States (Julie Ertz, 26′)
  • United States (Carli Lloyd, 35′)

Caution Summary

  • United States (Lindsey Horan, 23′)
  • Chile (Francisca Lara, 76′)
  • Chile (Yessenia Huenteo, 80′)
  • United States (Allie Long, 88′)
  • Chile (Su Helen Galaz, 90’+4′)

— Rachael McKriger

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