Lindsey Horan Scores Fastest Goal of 2019 World Cup;
USA Sets Record for Most Goals Scored in a Group Stage on Sweden Own Goal;
USA Faces Spain in Round of 16 Match in Reims on Monday, June 24 at 12 p.m. ET (FS1, Telemundo)
LE HAVRE, France (June 20, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team notched an impressive 2-0 win against rival Sweden to claim first place in Group F in front of 22,418 fans at Stade Océane. Lindsey Horan’s strike in the third minute was the fastest opening goal of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the USA’s second goal gave the team 18 in group play – the most any nation has scored during a group stage in the history of the tournament.
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis returned to almost the same starting lineup that the USA featured in the first game of the World Cup, the lone exception being Becky Sauerbrunn’s installation at center back in place of Julie Ertz, who was held out with a minor injury as a precaution since the U.S. was already guaranteed advancement to the knockout rounds.
From the opening whistle, the USA played with the same energy and determination that highlighted their emphatic wins against Thailand and Chile to start the tournament. The banner start earned the U.S. the fastest opening goal of the 2019 competition when Horan stabbed home Samantha Mewis’ flicked pass off a corner kick from the left side in the third minute.
From there the USA established itself as the dominant force in the match, amassing 62 percent possession and a 16-7 shot advantage, including 4-2 shots on goal, while limiting Sweden to counter attacks, several of which proved dangerous. On the few occasions that Sweden did threaten, U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was on hand to make the necessary saves.
Just after the break, the USA doubled its lead when Heath ripped a sharp-angle shot that glanced of Sweden defender Jonna Andersson, over goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl into the net.
In the day’s other Group F match, Chile just missed out on advancing to the knockout stage as it needed one more goal in a 2-0 defeat of Thailand in Rennes in order to advance. The USA (3-0-0; 9 points) won its group for the sixth time in World Cup history while Sweden (2-1-0; 6 points) finished second, Chile (1-2-0; 3 points) third and Thailand (0-3-0; 0 points) was fourth.