Record-Breaking USWNT Roll, Netherlands And Sweden Win Late

Ross Houston
June 12, 2019

After criticism over USA's relentless pursuit of goals, the country's all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach came to the team's defence. This game likely won't be hard, so coach Jill Ellis might start some of her backups and keep key players benched.

Of course the USA men's national team didn't even make the most recent World Cup, much less beat an opponent by double digits, so there's no real comparable to hold Tuesday's result up against.

This year, however, the spotlight is on as France hosts the women's World Cup. They have won three World Cups since the tournament began in 1991, four Olympic golds in the last six Games and have topped the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings every year but one over the last 11 years.

There was more late drama in Sweden's 2-0 victory over Chile after the game was interrupted by a lightning storm that forced the players off the pitch for 40 minutes in Rennes.

Torrential rain had been falling for around a quarter of an hour amid a threat of thunderstorms when the Mexican referee, Lucila Venegas, chose to take the players off in the 72nd minute with the score still 0-0.

Asllani's goal, Sweden's 60th in World Cup play, came in the 83rd minute.

Substitute Madelen Janogy added a fine individual effort during stoppage time to wrap up victory.

"The interruption definitely upset us. I hope she breaks every record that's ever set".

Meanwhile, substitute Jill Roord headed home a stoppage time victor as the Netherlands finally broke down New Zealand's defence to emerge with a 1-0 triumph as both countries began their campaign at Stade Oceane.

Eleven-year-old Addison Taylor plays soccer for SOCA and said she looks up to these women.

"The players will be absolutely devastated but we're a resilient group and I'm pretty confident we'll bounce back", said New Zealand coach Tom Sermanni. Morgan will be one of the players front and center as the US seeks to bring home another World Cup win and maintain her status as one of the top forwards in the world.

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