PARIS -- The United States can't officially clinch a place as the best team in its World Cup group until later this week, but it used Sunday's game against Chile to show that even its second team is among the best in the world.
Despite wholesale changes to the starting lineup that routed Thailand, the U.S. beat Chile 3-0 to remain on top of Group F and advance to the knockout round. Both the U.S. and Sweden enter the final round of group play with six points from two wins, but the Americans possess...
The United States beat Chile 3-0 on a record-setting night for Carli Lloyd in its second group-stage match at the Women's World Cup in Paris on Sunday to secure a spot in the round of 16.
Lloyd scored twice in the first half to move into third on the all-time scoring charts for the Americans with 10 behind Michelle Akers (12) and Abby Wambach (14), and also became the first player to score in six consecutive Women's World Cup games. Julie Ertz also found the back of the net.
Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy scored late on as fancied Sweden laboured to a 2-0 victory over Women's World Cup debutants Chile in their Group F opener at Roazhon Park in Rennes on Tuesday.
The match was interrupted for 45 minutes by lightning and torrential rain in the second half, but Chile had to weather a storm of a different sort on the pitch as Sweden enjoyed the majority of possession and chances.
Sweden had found Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler an impenetrable wall until Asllani...