#FIFAWWC2019 Day 5: USA go goal crazy but Netherlands and Sweden struggle to score

Netherlands goalscorer Jill Roord celebrating. (PA Images)

Netherlands leave it very late against New Zealand, Sweden took over 80 minutes to breakdown debutants Chile but no such problem whatsoever for USA who net the biggest ever World Cup win.

Group E

Persistance pays for Dutch

Arsenal-bound Jill Roord came off the bench to net a stoppage-time winner for the Netherlands over New Zealand.

The Dutch had created many chances but few as clear-cut as those of the Football Ferns.

Dutch defender Dominique Bloodworth scuffed a close-range effort wide after goalkeeper Erin Nayler collided with a defender but Olivia Chance hit the bar for New Zealand and Sari van Veenendaal dived to deny both Rosie White and Sara Gregorious.

With the European champions pressing more and more, the breakthrough finally came with a Roord header in the 92nd minute.

Group F

Endler and storm delay Sweden victory

Caroline Seger of Sweden celebrates with teammate Madelen Janogy. (Photo: PA Images)

Sweden eventually beat Chile with two goals in the last 10 minutes, following a lengthy break caused by a thunderstorm.

Chilean keeper Christiane Endler scooped a Nilla Fischer header off the line and generally proved difficult to beat.

Sweden were frustrated with taking so long to find the net, especially as Chile had conceded possession on innumerable occasions and only took pot-shots when they did approach the final third.

However, substitute Madelen Janogy quickly played a crucial part in the opener as Kosovare Asllani fired into the roof of the net from 8 yards, before Janogy herself sealed the points with an injury-time solo effort.

Five-goal Morgan stars as USA break record

Reigning champions USA were rampant against Thailand from the off and although restricted to a 3-0 interval lead, ran riot in the second half to record a highest ever Women’s World Cup scoreline of 13-0.

The tally included six goals in the last 16 minutes as the Americans surpassed the previous top score; Germany’s 11-0 thrashing of Argentina in 2007.

Alex Morgan led the way with a five-goal haul, matching former US star Michelle Akers’ record of five goals in a WWC game.

There were braces by Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis, while Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet with one apiece.

The only consolation for a tearful Thailand came at the final whistle, in the form of encouragement from US players.

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