The United States is the measure of things at the World Cup in France so far. The defending champion also showed a strong football during his second participation in the tournament and beat Chile 3-0 in Paris (3: 0). This places the United States in the last 16. In the first match, they set a world record in the 13-0 win over Thailand.
Although Chile were a better opponent than Thailand, the team lost a test against Germany 0: 2 in May – and yet the Chiliennes against the United States had no chance. In the first three minutes only, they cleared three deals with the United States, including a shot from Carli Lloyd afterwards. This pressure allowed the United States to stay almost upright. In the end, the shot-to-goal ratio was 26: 1.
Especially Lloyd was the center. The 36-year-old striker initially sat on the bench against Thailand; However, American coach Jill Ellis changed her starting point to seven places, while superstars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe stayed out. Which was not a problem.
Seven minutes later, Lloyd profited from an inaccurate defense of the Suilian Galilan, Su Helen Galaz, and flew the ball to the edge of the box (11th minute). The goals for 2-0 and 3-0 then fell to each corner, handed out by Tierna Davidson.
First, Julie Ertz hit the ball so hard that Christiane Endler (Chile) could not push him away (26.). However, the standard should not have existed: before the ball was cleared from the corner, he had passed the goal line, which had been neglected by the German referee Riem Hussein and his team. In the 3-0, the incoming Lloyd was eliminated in the penalty area and headed the ball into the unstoppable goal (35.).
In the second half, the United States did not give up and yet there were no more hits. This is mainly due to Endler, who may have shown the best goalkeeper performance in the tournament: she has repeatedly outmatched the chances of the United States, especially in the 66th minute when she led Christen Press's head with your fingertips. ,
Also Lindsey Horan (55.) and again Press (48, 58, 74) failed Endler. Substitute Jessica McDonald also hit the post (62) and Lloyd the crossbar (72). The biggest opportunity was to leave Lloyd in the 81st minute, when she took the VAR penalty by the door.
In the Group F table, the United States placed first with six points ahead of Sweden (also six points). Thursday, there will be a direct duel. At the same time, the useless Chileans and Thailand play for third place, which theoretically could still give them the right to progress.
Chile – United States 0: 3 (0: 3)
0: 1 Lloyd (11th)
0: 2 Ertz (26.)
0: 3 Lloyd (35.)
Chile: Endler – Galaz, Guerrero, Sáez, Toro – Soto (46th Lopez), Araya, Lara (89th Pardo) – Zamora, Urrutia (68th Huenteo), Balmaceda
United States: Near – Warriors, Dahlkemper (82nd Sonnett), Sauerbrunn, Davidson – Brian, Ertz (46th McDonald), Horan (59th long) – Pugh, Lloyd, Press
Yellow cards: Lara, Huenteo, Galaz / Horan, Long
spectators: 45,594 in Paris