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Lloyd stars as holders USA join Sweden in last 16

2019-06-17 HKT 08:15
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  • Carli Lloyd volleys home the opening goal against Chile in Paris. Photo: AP
    Carli Lloyd volleys home the opening goal against Chile in Paris. Photo: AP
Veteran Carli Lloyd became the first player to score in six consecutive women's World Cup matches as the United States eased to a 3-0 win over Chile and joined Sweden in securing their passage to the last 16.

That the USA's winning margin was nowhere near their record-breaking 13-0 hammering of Thailand in their opening game was largely down to the heroics of Chile's brilliant goalkeeper Christiane Endler, but it was still a one-sided victory for the holders in Paris.

Sweden, meanwhile, beat Thailand 5-1 in Nice and must now defeat the holders in Le Havre later this week if they are to finish first in Group F.

Lloyd had been eager to show she was still worthy of a starting place in Jill Ellis's USA side and she came into the line-up as one of seven changes. She netted twice in the first half either side of a Julie Ertz goal, as the USA followed the Swedes in advancing from Group F.

"This is the best version of me in my career. Whether you put me up top or in the midfield, I can do it," said 36-year-old Lloyd, whose goals at the Parc des Princes saw her overtake the mark of Birgit Prinz, the German who netted in five consecutive matches at the 2003 World Cup.

In Nice, Linda Sembrant, Kosovare Asllani, Fridolina Rolfo and Lina Hurtig scored for Sweden before Elin Rubensson sealed their win from the penalty spot late on.

Just before that, Thailand had pulled one back through Kanjana Sung-Ngoen, leading to emotional scenes of celebration for a side who had been so humiliated by the United States.

"This one goal made us laugh, made us smile and makes us happy," said the Thailand coach, Nuengruethai Sathongwien.

"Chile will be difficult next but getting a point at this World Cup is what we want to do." (AFP)