PARIS: Carli Lloyd scored twice and missed a penalty as the United States cruised into the second round of the Women’s World Cup by defeating Chile 3-0 in Paris.
The holders had launched their title defence with a record 13-0 win over Thailand on Tuesday and quickly established their command through veteran Carli Lloyd.
Lloyd, scorer of a treble in the 2015 final, thus became the first player to score in six consecutive Women’s World Cup.
Julie Ertz and Lloyd then both headed in from first-half corners while Chile keeper Christiane Endler made several fine second-half saves to prevent the holders adding to their lead.
The US, who rested seven players, also hit the posts three times before Lloyd shot wide from the penalty spot, missing the chance to become the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick.
A draw with rivals Sweden in Le Havre on Thursday would be enough for the US to top the group on goal difference after the Swedes’ 5-1 win over Thailand earlier on Sunday.
The US are hoping to land a record-extending fourth victory in the final in Lyon on July 7.