ETEMADONLINE| For the Americans, fresh off their 13-0 demolition of Thailand, a similar if less spectacular dismantling of Chile was all part of the plan for the world’s No 1-ranked team. The Americans secured their spot in the knockout stages regardless of how their final group game goes and they have put the rest of the World Cup field on notice.
Up next the real test begins for the Americans
in their final match of Group F when they face Sweden,
the team that knocked them out
of the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympics, the USA’s earliest ever exit in a major tournament.
Any talk of throwing that game to avoid France in the quarter-final
has already been batted down by Ellis and again after Sunday’s win over Chile she said the Americans will not be holding back.
“We want to win every game,” said Ellis. “If you get too much into over-thinking or manipulating something, it doesn’t send a good message. You can’t over-think this.”
Chile, meanwhile, face Thailand next, a team who have conceded 18 goals in their first two matches and stand on the brink of elimination.
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