The United States, the world’s strongest in women’s soccer, defeated Vietnam, who stepped on the stage for the first time in history, and cruised toward its third consecutive victory.
The United States (No. 1 FIFA ranking) won 3-0 against Vietnam (No. 32) in the first leg of Group E of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage held at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand on the 22nd (Korean time).
The United States, which is aiming for three consecutive championships following the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, won its first victory lightly by overwhelming Vietnam.
The match drew attention as Vietnam’s first World Cup. It was the first time that Vietnamese football had reached the World Cup finals with both men’s and women’s national teams.
Vietnam won its first ever World Cup qualifier by defeating Thailand and Taiwan in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup playoffs in February this year.
In particular, on this day, Vietnam’s coach Mai Duc Trung was 72 years old, setting the record for the oldest coach in men’s and women’s World Cup history. The previous record was 71 years and 317 days by coach Otto Rehhagel, who led the Greek national team during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
I went to the first game with high expectations, but the gap with the world’s strongest was wide.
The number of shots on the day was 27-0, and the number of effective shots was 8-0, overwhelming the USA. Vietnam did not hit a single shot against the United States.
Sophia Smith scored the first goal in the 14th minute of the kickoff.
After receiving an exquisite forward pass, Smith shook the net with a powerful left-footed shot from the left side of the box.
In the 44th minute of the first half, Alex Morgan missed a penalty kick, leaving the U.S. feeling disappointing, but Smith scored the second goal in extra time to make it 2-0.스포츠토토
The U.S., which increased its offensive in the second half, even scored a key goal by Lindsey Hogan in the 22nd minute of the second half, winning a complete victory by 3 goals.