The United States’ goal-scoring record breaker Carli Lloyd has offered a polite response to criticism of her World Cup team’s over-the-top goal celebrations against Thailand.
There was also some joy for the Thais, who managed a consolation goal in their latest loss.
Returning to the US team, Lloyd became the first player to score in six successive World Cups when she scored twice and missed a penalty as the US overpowered Chile 3-0 in Paris.
Lloyd scored after only 11 minutes at Parc des Princes on Sunday before Julie Ertz doubled the lead. Lloyd grabbed her second 10 minutes before the break and twice went close to scoring a hat-trick in the second half as she headed against the bar and fired a spot-kick wide.
The US had faced a backlash when it smashed lowly Thailand 13-0 in their opening game, with effusive celebrations appearing to show little thought for the quality of its opponents.
The win put the US through to the last 16 along with Sweden, which secured its place after beating Thailand 5-1 in Nice.
Linda Sembrant, Kosovare Asllani and Fridolina Rolfo scored before halftime and Lina Hurtig headed in a fourth nine minutes before the end on Sunday.
Thai skipper Kanjana Sung-Ngoen struck a late consolation, its first goal at the tournament, before Elin Rubensson converted a stoppage-time penalty for Sweden.
Sung-Ngoen’s consolation goal delighted teammates and staff, some of whom shed tears of joy.
The Matildas play Jamaica on Wednesday morning, in their last group match. Australia needs a big win to give themselves the best chance of a smooth run to the knockout phase.