The Women’s World Cup may be just a week old, but lots of records have been broken across France over the past seven days.
Records at the Women’s World Cup are tumbling faster than some of the players on the field.
In a week where the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup (the team’s first in 52 years) and the Toronto Raptors capturing the NBA title (a first for a team outside the United States), the women playing at the World Cup across the Atlantic in France were also busy making history.
Here’s a look at some of the records (both for teams and individuals) that have been shattered this week.
USWNT’s demolition of Thailand
Of course, you know by now the U.S. routed Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday, shattering the single-game goals record at a World Cup of 11-0 set by Germany against Argentina at the 2007 edition.
In the same game, Alex Morgan’s five goals tied fellow American Michelle Akers’ mark set in 1991. At age 36 and 330 days, Carli Lloyd became the oldest player ever to score at a World Cup.
While the players did get some blowback for the blowout (and celebrating those goals too much), the team could set even more records over the coming weeks as it aims to defend its title and win a fourth World Cup.
The U.S. will next take on Chile on Sunday in Paris looking for their second win at this tournament.
Marta scores yet again!
After missing Brazil’s opener due to injury, Marta returned to the field on Thursday in a 3-2 defeat to Australia.
In the loss, however, the legendary striker became the first player to score in five different World Cup. She also extended her total World Cup goals tally to 16, more than any other player in tournament history.
Marta’s teammates have also broken some individual records. Midfielder Formiga is playing in her seventh World Cup, the only player to appear in every edition of the tournament, and at age 41 is also the oldest at this tournament. Meanwhile, striker Christiane, playing for the injured Marta against Jamaica, became the oldest player (at age 34 and 25 days) last Sunday to net a hat trick in a 3-0 win against Jamaica.
Argentina gets first-ever World Cup point
The South Americans may have a dominating men’s team, but the women have had to struggle at this level. This time, they came, they say, they got a point.
In what has marked a massive improvement in the program’s fortunes, Argentina earned their first point ever at a World Cup after posting a scoreless draw against traditional women’s soccer power Japan.
How big was the point? Japan were champions in 2011 and runners-up four years ago to the United States. Argentina are looking to pull off another upset Friday when they take on England, another pre-tournament favorite to win it all.