Rampant USA advance to knockout stage

Sweden 5-1 Thailand

Sweden cruised to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup after thrashing Thailand 5-1 in their second Group F match at Allianz Riviera.

Linda Sembrant, Kasovare Asllani and Fridolina Rolfo gave the Swedes a comfortable 3-0 lead going to the break while Luna Hurtig put the match beyond Thailand, making it 4-0 with nine minutes remaining.

The Southeast Asian outfit finally got their first goal of the tournament in the first minute of stoppage time thanks to Kanjana Sung-Ngoen, but Elin Rubensson made it 5-1 for Sweden deep in added time from the penalty spot.

Thailand are eliminated from the competition after losing two straight games. They will play their last group game against Chile on Thursday night only for pride.

United States Of America 3-0 Chile

USA comfortably made next round following a 3-0 victory over Chile on Sunday evening at Parc Des Princes.

United States rested most of the stars that after the win over Thailand, but they were still powerful enough as Carli Lloyd grabbed a brace in the first stanza with Julie Ertz also got on the scoresheet as USA were 3-0 up going to the break.

Lloyd should have made it 4-0 for USA and bagged a hat-trick with nine minutes remaining after they were awarded a penalty, but she guided her spot-kick well wide.

Anyway, the Americans were already out of sight and clinched a 3-0 victory that confirmed their spot in the round of 16, with six points from two matches and top Group F as a result.

On the other hand, Chile are virtually out of the competition after losing their two games although they could snatch a place in the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

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