The United States is showing how prepared it is to defend its title after making it three perfect victories out of three at the Women’s World Cup on Thursday by beating Sweden 2-0 to lead Group F. However, Chile lost the chance to progress to the next after missing a late penalty.
The Americans will proceed with their quest to defend their World Cup title, which they won four years ago, against Spain in Reims on Monday. Their goals against Sweden saw them make it 18 goals for the competition in the group stage and break the 24-year-old record for the number of goals scored by a team in the group stage previously held by Norway.
Lindsey Horan opened the scoring when she scored Samantha Mewis’ flick with two minutes on the clock, and Tobin Heath ensured the win by putting the ball past Hedvig Lindahl four minutes in the second half.
Heath’s strike managed to survive a VAR check from referee Anastasia Pustovoytova in spite of substitute Carli Lloyd appearing to be offside in the development.
Sweden came into the game with a team with seven changes from the side that beat Thailand 5-1 in their last match and four players making their World Cup debut, and offered could not withstand the strength of their American opponents.
Notwithstanding, their thrashing implies that they have Canada next in Paris While the United States plays Spain.
The only top draw side arranged for the Swedes is Germany, whom they could meet in the quarterfinals on the off chance that they beat Canada.
There was a massive disappointment for Chile in the meantime, who expected to beat Thailand by three goals to pip Nigeria into the next round.
They were leading 2-0 with five minutes left when they were granted a penalty through VAR, just for Francisca Lara to crash her spot-kick off the bar and see her side out of the competition.
In other matches, Ajara Nchout propelled Cameroon into the last 16 with a beautiful goal towards the end of the game that gave the Indomitable Lionesses an emotional 2-1 victory to send New Zealand crashing out the tournament.
Only 10 seconds of the added five minutes of injury time remained in the Group E match in Montpellier when Nchout bent a shot into the back of the net after a brilliant move to give her side the triumph and a spot in the next stage as one of the four best third-place groups.
The Netherlands in the interim will face Japan in Rennes on Tuesday after winning the group with an ideal nine in the wake of beating Canada 2-1 because of substitute Lineth Beerensteyn’s winning goal in the 75th minute.