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Women’s World Cup 2019: Eight records smashed in France thanks to United States, Brazil, and Barcelona stars

Women’s World Cup 2019: Eight records smashed in France thanks to United States, Brazil, and Barcelona stars

The 2019 Women’s World Cup has broken a number of records both on and off the pitch and is now close to its conclusion. England will face the USA in the first semi-final with the Netherlands and Sweden in the second, with commentary of both games live on talkSPORT. It has seen record TV audiences…


The 2019 Women’s World Cup has broken a number of records both on and off the pitch and is now close to its conclusion.

England will face the USA in the first semi-final with the Netherlands and Sweden in the second, with commentary of both games live on talkSPORT.

It has seen record TV audiences in the United Kingdom with around 7.6million people watching the Lionesses beat Norway 3-0 in the quarter-final.

Alex Morgan celebrates one of her five goals against Thailand

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Alex Morgan celebrates one of her five goals against Thailand

There have also been plenty of incredible achievements on the pitch and it has certainly not lacked in entertainment.

Here are eight records that have been broken at this year’s tournament.

Most goals at World Cups – Marta – 17

The Brazil forward has scored an incredible 112 international goals in 147 games and in France also beat the record for most goals at World Cups.

She has 17 goals in 19 games and her two at the 2019 tournament took her past compatriot Ronaldo (15) and Germany’s Miroslav Klose (16).

Largest winning margin – USA 13-0 Thailand

Alex Morgan scored five goals against Thailand in this comfortable win for the USA in the group stages.

They were only 3-0 up at half-time but went on to score 10 more after the break.

In the men’s World Cup, a nine goal winning margin has been achieved three times. Hungary 9-0 South Korea (1954), Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire (1974) and Hungary 10-1 El Salvador (1982).

USA scored 13 goals against Thailand in the group stages

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USA scored 13 goals against Thailand in the group stages

Most goals in group stages (men’s and women’s) – USA – 18

Scoring 13 goals against one team certainly helped achieve this record but they also did not concede a goal as they ended top of their group.

They enjoyed a 3-0 win over Chile and a 2-0 victory against Sweden, who will play the Netherlands in the other semi-final.

Laura Woods and Ally McCoist discuss the events of the England vs Cameroon match at the Women’s World Cup

Most goals conceded at Women’s World Cup – Thailand – 20

Thailand may have lost every game and conceded 20 goals in the process but their solitary score against Sweden was an achievement in itself.

Most World Cups played in – Formiga – 7

Brazilian Formiga first played in a World Cup in 1995 and at 41 she has now made it to seven World Cups.

She actually retired from the national team in 2016 but made a return in 2018 for the Copa America Femenina.

Formiga is two tournaments ahead of anyone in the men’s game with Mexico’s Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez and Germany’s Lothar Matthaus all playing in five.

Oldest player to score a hat-trick – Cristiane vs Jamaica – 34 years and 25 days

The Brazil forward has a phenomenal international goalscoring record as she has found the net 94 times in 140 games.

Her hat-trick against Jamaica in the group stages was the oldest ever at a World Cup.

The oldest player to score a hat-trick at a men’s World Cup is Cristiano Ronaldo when he netted three times against Spain at Russia 2018.

Earliest penalty scored at Women’s World Cup – Caroline Graham Hansen – Norway vs South Korea in 4minutes 33seconds

Chelsea’s Maria Thorisdottir was fouled early on against South Korea by Cho So-hyun allowing new Barcelona signing Hansen to convert.

The goal went in at four minutes and 33 seconds to set a new record.

Caroline Graham Hansen scored a penalty in the fifth minute against South Korea

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Caroline Graham Hansen scored a penalty in the fifth minute against South Korea

Most own goals in Women’s World Cup group stage – 8

This World Cup has produced quite a number of own goals with the unlucky culprits being: Osinachi Ohale (Nigeria vs Norway), Kim Do-yeon (South Korea vs Nigeria), Wendie Renard (France vs Norway), Monica (Brazil vs Australia), Lee Alexander (Scotland vs Argentina), Aurelle Awona (Cameroon vs New Zealand), Waraporn Boonsing (Thailand vs Chile) and Jonna Andersson (Sweden vs USA)

The 2019 Women’s World Cup has broken a number of records both on and off the pitch and is now close to its conclusion.
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