DrThe US soccer players began their mission to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup title with a crushing victory. Kicking off Group E in Auckland, New Zealand, the top favorites cruised to a 3-0 (2-0) victory over tournament debutant Vietnam.
With her two goals, top scorer Sophia Smith (14/45 + 7 according to video evidence) made the record world champion cheer in front of 41,107 fans at Eden Park. Star striker Alex Morgan (44) missed a penalty kick after video evidence hit Vietnam goalkeeper Thi Kim Than Tran. Captain Lindsey Horan (77) increased.
As expected, the Americans dominated the action against the devastating underdog. The second goal was ruled out by referee Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) for offside, but the goal was counted after examining the video assistant referee. Superstar Megan Rapinoe has been used as the Joker since the 62nd minute.
The USA will meet the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup Final replay on Thursday (03:00 CET).
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