The United States have booked their ticket to the round of 16 in the Women’s World Cup after brushing past Chile 3-0 at the Parc des Princes.
It didn’t take long for the Stars and Stripes to pick up from where they left off at the Stade Auguste-Delaune II on Tuesday, scoring after just 11 minutes courtesy of Carli Lloyd, and it would be 2-0 just over 20 minutes later with Julie Ertz getting her name on the scoresheet.
Lloyd would make it 3-0 with just 35 minutes on the clock, and that would it for the tournament’s highest goalscorers, as Chile, in particular goalkeeper Christiane Endler, put up a far more spirited and valiant effort after the restart.
It was a frantic match in the French capital, but USWNT have now progressed to the knockout rounds, and so, who were the winners and losers?
Winner: Carli Lloyd
Carli Lloyd will turn 37 next month, but the Sky Blue striker is showing no signs of slowing down as she continues to strengthen her esteemed World Cup goalscoring record. She netted twice this afternoon, first firing home with just 11 minutes on the clock to give USWNT a deserved early lead, before completing her brace just 24 minutes later.
The opening goal was a sumptuous finish by Lloyd, who gracefully manoeuvred her body before unleashing a resounding left-footed half-volley beyond the reach of Chile captain Endler, while her thumping header in the 35th minute wasn’t too bad either.
✓ vs. 🇨🇴
✓ vs. 🇨🇳
✓ vs. 🇩🇪
✓ vs. 🇯🇵
✓ vs. 🇹🇭
✓ vs. 🇨🇱
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 16, 2019
Lloyd managed to enhance her legacy even further as she became the first ever player to score in six successive Women’s World Cup matches, netting nine across those appearances, while she now joins Michelle Akers (12) and Abby Wambach (14) on double digits in the all-time Women’s World Cup goalscoring charts for the USWNT. Her missed penalty was the only blemish on an otherwise near-perfect performance.
Carli Lloyd is the third player in USWNT history to score 10 career World Cup goals.
— Coral (@Coral) June 16, 2019
Loser: Jose Letelier
Letelier, who has been in charge of La Roja Femenina since 2015, has now seen his side go 11 consecutive matches without recording a single win across all competitions, drawing three times, while losing eight since the nation’s 3-2 win over Australia in November 2018.
In fairness, the Santiago-born head coach was never expected to end that barren winless run against the reigning world champions, but in truth, they were out of the contest at the Parc des Princes by the 26th minute. They never really got a foothold on the match as Jill Ellis’ side once again ran rampant and demonstrated their prodigious class – the gulf was palpable in the French capital.
An obvious winner on the scoresheet, but one that also needs a mention here, as USWNT managed to further augment their prowess in World Cup group stage matches, with the nation having never lost the second game at this round in the competition’s history.
Across those eight matches since the inauguration of the blue riband tournament in 1991, the stateside nation have emphatically won seven and drawn just the once; and that record never looked in jeopardy this afternoon as Ellis’ elite ran amok against their South American counterparts.
With a 3-0 scoreline – at the interval – USWNT have now managed to increase their reputation as the tournament favourites, but when you have players like Lloyd – who became the oldest player to score multiple goals at the WWC this afternoon – in your ranks, it certainly makes it easier for Ellis. USWNT have also managed to progress to the knockout rounds in all of the eight World Cups they have taken part in.
Loser: Matchday officials
When any nation is coming up against a side as powerful and talented as Ellis’, they will need at least a modicum of luck on their side, but that undoubtedly eluded Chile this afternoon after the officials got two big decisions wrong.
First, they failed to spot the ball go out of play prior to USWNT’s second goal from a corner kick – and they had little luck in the second half either after referee Riem Hussein awarded USWNT a penalty kick upon consultation with VAR, though the initial contact looked to have been outside the area.
As for the first incident; as Mallory Pugh broke down the right flank in the first half her attempted delivery was blocked by Javiera Toro, but the ball had quite clearly crossed the line prior to the 21-year-old’s cross, though the corner was somehow still awarded. What transpired was brilliant as Tierna Davidson picked up the first of her two assists with a timely cross to Lloyd but that will come as no consolation to the travelling Chile fans.
In the grand scheme of things it probably mattered little as the South American nation struggled to assert themselves on the Parisian stage, but Letelier and his players will no doubt feel aggrieved by both decisions – justice was perhaps served as Lloyd missed a penalty kick that was wrongfully given.
Winner: Christiane Endler
Very rarely will a goalkeeper concede three goals in a single game but come away as a one of the players of the match. Well, that is exactly what Chile skipper Endler did, with the Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopping flourishing on her home turf. Were it not for the 27-year-old’s exploits between the sticks, USWNT could have been looking at a score reminiscent of the Thailand humbling earlier in the week.
Endler has previously revealed her idol growing up was the great Bayern Munich and Germany legend Oliver Kahn, and well, she certainly channelled her inner ‘Titan’ this afternoon as she pulled off a number of dexterous saves and reflexive dives, while also managing to command her box exceptionally well.
Endler’s six saves this afternoon also means she has now become the first goalkeeper at this year’s Women’s World Cup to reach double digits for shots saved.