U.S. players criticised for excessive goal celebrations after thrashing Thailand 13-0

Paola Ditto
Giugno 12, 2019

Ten of their goals came in the second half as the United States of America set a new mark for the biggest winning margin in a women's World Cup match, bettering Germany's 11-0 defeat of Argentina in 2007. It was one of the biggest blowouts in the tournament's history and made US tie with Sweden for one win each, although the USA led with the most scores.

After making it 9-0 in the 79th minute Tuesday night in Reims, captain Megan Rapinoe held her arms out like airplane wings, twirled and then slid on the ground, kicking her leg into the air repeatedly before continuing the celebration with the American bench.

Clare Rustad called it disgraceful.

"We played against the Americans before where you have a player like Christine Sinclair scoring three goals and she would never even think about counting how many goals she has on one hand", Kyle said.

Many Twitter users also criticised the show of joy with the hashtag "UglyAmericans".

"A classless victor is worse than a sore loser, regardless of gender", said one tweet. The U.S. team is here to win a World Cup.

"Maybe they have an internal target they want to meet or are trying to break the record, but "embarrassed" is the word for Jill Ellis and the way she was leading her team in this one".

"This got humiliating at some point. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", Ellis said.

Not that Thailand are necessarily minnows, as they sit 34th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, higher than six other sides competing at this World Cup. I spoke to some of the players afterwards and (said) keep your heads up because this is part of the growth of the game.

Thailand´s deflated coach Nuengruethai Sathongwien said she had no excuses, adding: "We accept that they are better".

The French side return to action on Wednesday against Norway, who like France comfortably won their opening match.

USA Today's Nancy Armour wrote a column headlined: "US women owe no apologies for celebrating 13-0 blowout of Thailand".

The Norwegians are without world player of the year Ada Hegerberg who refuses to play for her country because she says her national federation does not take the women´s team seriously. What is the right way to celebrate a 13-0 win?

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