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USA beat Chile to qualify for last 16

VETERAN Carli Lloyd became the first player to score in six consecutive women’s World Cup matches as the United States eased to a 3-0 win over Chile on Sunday and joined Sweden in securing their passage to the last 16.

That the USA’s winning margin was nowhere near their record-breaking 13-0 hammering of Thailand in their opening game was largely down to the heroics of Chile’s brilliant goalkeeper Christiane Endler, but it was still a one-sided victory for the holders in Paris.

Lloyd had been eager to show she was still worthy of a starting place in Jill Ellis’ USA side and she came into the line-up as one of seven changes. Her two goals and a goal from Julie Ertz, all in the first half, saw the USA follow the Swedes in advancing from Group F.

“This is the best version of me in my career. Whether you put me up top or in the midfield, I can do it,” said 36-year-old Lloyd, whose goals at the Parc des Princes saw her overtake the mark of Birgit Prinz, the German who netted in five consecutive matches at the 2003 World Cup. – AFP

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