US women come back from defeat to Sweden 6-1 win over New Zealand in dramatic game in which they threw the ball into their opponent’s net TEN times, but were ruled out four times
- American women recovered from a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Sweden
- They beat New Zealand 4-1 in a boost to their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals
- After a 1-0 lead in the first half of USA, four goals were disallowed for offside
- Lindsey Horan made it 2-0 before half-time, but an own goal put them ahead of three
- New Zealand got one back, but the US scored another three to seal the win
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The United States recovered from their opening 3-0 defeat to Sweden with an impressive 6-1 win over New Zealand on Saturday.
In a crazy first half, the American team put the ball in the back of the opponent’s net six times, but were disallowed four goals.
They came up 1-0 after nine minutes when a clever build-up player with Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Horan led Tobin Heath to slide the ball past the keeper through Rose Lavelle.
The United States took an impressive and dominant victory against New Zealand on Saturday
The Americans put the ball in the back of the net nine times, but were disallowed four times
Rose Lavelle scored the first goal before the US got four goals disallowed for offside
Lindsey Horan scored USA’s second on the fifth time of questions just before the break
The US team then tried to calm the game, but seeing the offside flag became their worst enemy.
Lloyd appeared to lob the keeper for a second after 15 minutes, which was disallowed for offside before Heath saw the flag go up after throwing a volley into the net 12 minutes later.
After 31 minutes, Megan Rapinoe was shown the offside flag before Horan appeared to score three minutes later to score a fourth disallowed goal in under 20 minutes.
New Zealand would have been happy and relieved had it gone into halftime still 1-0 and they even had a chance at an equaliser, although Hannah Wilkinson failed to aim her looping header on goal.
They couldn’t hold out until half-time, however, as it was the fifth time the USA has been lucky enough to make it 2-0, when Julie Ertz headed a corner back over the goal for Horan to head past the keeper.
The second half had a lot to live up to, but there were still plenty of chances.
Christen Press came on as a substitute and scored a fourth before Alex Morgan added a fifth
CJ Bott led the ball into her net in stoppage time to make it six for the Americans
USA led 3-0 after 63 minutes when Lloyd headed the ball back over the goal, only to centre-back Abby Erceg who shot the ball into her own net under tremendous pressure from Heath.
New Zealand gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Paige Satchell burst into the penalty area with a big burst of pace before sending the ball to Betsy Hassett to clear with 18 minutes to go.
Hopes for a comeback didn’t last long, however, as Christen Press extended the lead with a clinical finish after being found by Ertz.
Alex Morgan added a fifth before a second own goal of the game from CJ Bott meant the Americans went to a comfortable win.
The result means the US are second in the group with three points, with Sweden leading the group with six after their 4-2 win over Australia.
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