Menacing and dominating a second straight opponent, the United States women’s national team advanced to the second round of the World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Chile on Sunday.
Carli Lloyd scored twice and Julie Ertz once for the Americans, who turned in their second straight comprehensive victory and ran their goal total to 18 for and none against through two matches in the tournament.
The victory, and Sweden’s earlier in the day against Thailand, ensured that both teams would advance to the knockout rounds. They will play one another for first place in Group F on Thursday in Le Havre. The group winner faces a likely date with host France, perhaps the second-best team in the tournament thus far, in the quarterfinals.
Only a tremendous effort by Chile’s goalkeeper, Christiane Endler, kept the United States-Chile result closer than something resembling the scoreline in the Americans’ first game against Thailand. Endler was named player of the game, a rare occurrence for a goalkeeper in a game in which her team lost by three goals and was outshot, 26-1.
Lloyd gave the Americans the lead with a rifled left-footed shot in the 11th minute and then, after Ertz doubled the lead off a corner kick, added her second goal with a header of her own off a corner in the 35th minute. She missed out on a chance for a hat trick when she pulled a penalty kick wide in the 81st minute.
The United States peppered Endler throughout the game, but she was at her best in the second half, when, in quick succession, she produced wonderful reaction saves to thwart Lindsey Horan and then Christen Press (twice). In that same stretch of the game, the substitute Jessica McDonald hit the right post and Lloyd dinged the crossbar for the United States.
The victory pulled Sweden through to the knockout stages along with the Americans; the Swedes beat Thailand, 5-1, in Sunday’s early game in Nice.