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Holders United States thump Thailand 13-0

Holders United States thump Thailand 13-0

Team USA will face Thailand on Tuesday in Reims, France, in their opening game of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Ninth minute, 0-0: The U.S. has controlled possession and applied pressure throughout the opening phase of the game and registered three shots on goal in the first five minutes.

The last time they played, it got ugly.

4-0, 50 minutes: Samantha Mewis' deflected effort gave her the 800th goal in Women's World Cup history.

Thailand, meanwhile, is hoping to advance past the group stage after earning just one win in 2015 and leaving the tournament after three matches.

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The United States and Thailand have only met once before, in September 2016, a match that saw the USWNT win 9-0.

Thailand, ranked 34th in the world, lost 9-0 in their previous meeting with the United States of America in a friendly in 2016, and the holders will face far, far tougher tests later in this tournament.

Alex Morgan delivered five goals in the match, which was tied for the most in Women's World Cup history with fellow American Michelle Akers who did it in 1999 against Chinese Taipei.

On the Women's World Cup Twitter account on May 7, Federation Internationale de Football Association wrote that "You can still buy tickets for a few matches" - despite it now being apparent more than 70 per cent of games were not at capacity. Lloyd has seven career goals in World Cup play, including three in the 2015 final against Japan.

The top two teams in each of the six groups will qualify automatically for the last 16, along with the four best third-placed sides.