Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian had no complaints with being on the receiving end of a record-breaking 13-0 scoreline against the United States at the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
The world champions dominated the first half and led 3-0 at halftime but flexed their muscles after the break as a hapless Thailand side collapsed.
Forward Alex Morgan finished with five goals for the United States as it netted four times in a six-minute period, before adding six goals in the final 20 minutes.
The scoreline could have been even greater if Jill Ellis’ side had not been so wasteful in the opening period – although it was still a record margin of victory at a World Cup finals – and the Thailand coach said her players were extremely disappointed in the aftermath.
“We accept the score today. We haven’t done enough,” Srathongvian said.
“We accept that they are very strong and they were excellent all round. We accept our mistakes and we’re going to improve.
“As for the emotions of my players, they were waiting for this moment. They were really disappointed because the score wasn’t what they had been expecting.
“They are all athletes. They will be resilient.”
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Srathongvian thanked the United States players for embracing their Thai counterparts following the final whistle.
“The US players after the match saw that our players were very disappointed and let down,” she added.
“They wanted to encourage us to continue fighting. We thank them very much for that.
“We have got two more games to play and we need to bounce back. We need to learn from here.”
Thailand, ranked 34th in the world, take on Sweden in Nice on Sunday.