USA beat Chile to reach knockout round

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Highlights: USA 3-0 Chile
The United States easily reached the last 16 of the Women's World Cup as they produced another commanding display to beat Chile in Paris.Having opened their campaign with a ruthless, record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand on Tuesday, the USA quickly got on top of Chile and led early on through veteran Carli Lloyd's crisp finish.Julie Ertz and Lloyd then both headed in from first-half corners, before Chile keeper Christiane Endler pulled off several stunning second-half saves to prevent the holders adding to their lead.
The world's number-one side, who rested seven players, also hit the woodwork three times before Lloyd dragged wide from the penalty spot, missing the chance to become the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick.
USA v Chile as it happened
A draw with rivals Sweden in Le Havre on Thursday would be enough for this confident USA outfit to top the group on goal difference, following the Swedes' 5-1 win over Thailand earlier on Sunday.Chile, who are playing in their first World Cup and remain winless in 2019, must now beat Thailand to have any hope of progressing to the knockout stages as one of the four best third-placed sides.
USA justify favourites tag once more
The USA, who are bidding to win this competition for a record fourth time, have lost just once since 2017 and again outlined why there are the favourites to defend their title by winning the final in Lyon on 7 July.Jill Ellis rotated her team significantly, but with such strength in depth, they were no less dominant over the 2018 Copa America runners-up and went in 3-0 up at half-time for the second game running.Lloyd, who wrote herself into legend with a treble in the 2015 final, became the first player to score in six consecutive Women's World Cup games but was unable to complete another historic hat-trick.She had her chance late on, but placed wide with a penalty awarded controversially on a pitchside VAR review for a foul right on the edge of the area, when the offence appeared to start outside the box.The USA spent almost the entire game playing in Chile's half and hit the woodwork twice through Lloyd and once through substitute Jessica McDonald's long-range effort, as they again impressed with a confident display of classy football.
Chile keeper Endler stars despite defeat
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Christiane Endler produces another 'outstanding' save
Chile, who are ranked 39th in the world, have just 727 registered players, so were always likely to struggle against a nation boasting 1.6m female footballersThankfully for the South Americans, one of those 727 is their brilliant goalkeeper Endler, who starred at her club team's home ground.The Paris St-Germain stopper - who also shone in their opening loss to Sweden - defiantly produced several superb saves in an astonishing second-half performance to prevent the USA from chasing down a similar margin of victory that they enjoyed over Thailand.In particular, her reactive stop from a sweet Christen Press volley brought a stunned crowd to their feet, with BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce describing it as "one of the best saves at a Women's World Cup". Unsurprisingly, Ender topped the BBC player rater with a mark of 9.31.Jose Letelier's side - who have never scored against the USA - rarely attacked but did momentarily celebrate what he thought was an equaliser in the first half, as USA keeper Alyssa Naeher misjudged a free-kick and the ball found the net, but Carla Guerrero was offside.
What they said
USA boss Jill Ellis: "The fact that she's (Carli Lloyd) now scored three goals, I don't think she could be in a better spot (to start). I also know she's ready to do whatever she needs to for the team. "Christiane Endler was fantastic, we were aware of her skill, she's a world-class goalkeeper. I thought their spirit was magnificent, total credit to Chile. We knew Endler was always going to keep them in the mix."Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler: "I'm sad for the defeat, but happy for my performance. "I prepared intensely this last year to come to the World Cup and perform to the best of my ability. It's a mix of feelings, but I'm satisfied to have played like this, especially here, at this stadium that's my home. "The football world powers (USA) have years of advantage compared to us in the development and support of women's football. Our league in Chile is still amateur and many of our players have had to leave the country to play professionally. Despite the result, being here is a real accomplishment for us. "This must be the beginning of something bigger and more important so more girls can dedicate themselves to the game professionally."
USA's World Cup run continues - the stats
The USA have reached the knockout stages in all eight Women's World Cup tournaments they have played in and have reached the semi-finals in their past seven appearances.
They have now won seven consecutive Women's World Cup matches, second only to the 10 achieved by Norway between 1995 and 1999.
The USA have kept seven clean sheets in their past eight World Cup games.
Carli Lloyd is the first player to score in six consecutive Women's World Cup games, netting nine goals in those matches.
Lloyd has become the oldest player to score more than once in a Women's World Cup match, overtaking Brazilian Cristiane's record, set against Jamaica at this year's tournament.
Chile are winless in their past 11 matches in all competitions.
Christiane Endler of Chile has become the first goalkeeper to make 10 saves at this year's competition.
Match Stats
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7DahlkemperSubstituted forSonnettat 82'minutes
8ErtzSubstituted forMcDonaldat 45'minutes
9HoranBooked at 23mins[/i]Substituted forLongat 59'minutesBooked at 88mins[/i]
15GalazBooked at 90mins[/i]
4LaraBooked at 76mins[/i]Substituted forPardoat 89'minutes
6SotoSubstituted forLopezat 45'minutes
9UrrutiaSubstituted forHuenteoat 68'minutesBooked at 80mins[/i]
Referee:Riem HusseinAttendance:45,594
Match Stats
Home TeamUSAAway TeamChilePossessionHome72%Away28%ShotsHome26Away1Shots on TargetHome9Away0CornersHome15Away1FoulsHome14Away11
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Match ends, USA 3, Chile 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, USA 3, Chile 0.Posted at 90'+5' Attempt missed. Carli Lloyd (USA) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tierna Davidson with a cross.
Posted at 90'+4' Su Helen Galaz (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 90'+4' Jessica McDonald (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Su Helen Galaz (Chile).Posted at 90'+3' Foul by Allie Long (USA).Posted at 90'+3' Daniela Zamora (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+1' Foul by Allie Long (USA).Posted at 90'+1' Daniela Pardo (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Posted at 89' Substitution, Chile. Daniela Pardo replaces Francisca Lara.
Posted at 88' Allie Long (USA) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 88' Foul by Allie Long (USA).Posted at 88' Daniela Zamora (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 88' Foul by Christen Press (USA).Posted at 88' Carla Guerrero (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Posted at 82' Substitution, USA. Emily Sonnett replaces Abby Dahlkemper.Posted at 81' Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Carli Lloyd (USA) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Carli Lloyd should be disappointed.
Posted at 80' Yessenia Huenteo (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 80' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 80' VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.Posted at 79' Delay in match
(USA). VAR checking.Posted at 78' Penalty USA. Allie Long draws a foul in the penalty area.Posted at 78' Penalty conceded by Yessenia Huenteo (Chile) after a foul in the penalty area.
Posted at 76' Francisca Lara (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 76' Carli Lloyd (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 76' Foul by Francisca Lara (Chile).Posted at 74' Corner, USA. Conceded by Christiane Endler.Posted at 74' Attempt saved. Christen Press (USA) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Carli Lloyd.Posted at 73' Corner, USA. Conceded by Javiera Toro.Posted at 73' Morgan Brian (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 73' Foul by Paloma Lopez (Chile).Posted at 72' Carli Lloyd (USA) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Allie Long with a headed pass.Posted at 69' Corner, USA. Conceded by Camila Saez.Posted at 69' Attempt blocked. Christen Press (USA) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Carli Lloyd.
Posted at 68' Substitution, Chile. Yessenia Huenteo replaces Maria Jose Urrutia.Posted at 68' Hand ball by Carli Lloyd (USA).Posted at 67' Attempt missed. Allie Long (USA) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.Posted at 66' Corner, USA. Conceded by Maria Jose Urrutia.Posted at 66' Attempt saved. Christen Press (USA) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jessica McDonald.
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