Football: World champions USA ease past Football Ferns in World Cup warm-up

The Football Ferns have been thumped 5-0 by the USA in a World Cup warm-up match in Missouri.      

The world champions dominated the game from the outset, controlling 65 percent possession and had 25 shots, compared to just one for the visitors.

Winger Tobin Heath opened the scoring with a tap-in from close range, after a pinpoint cross from Megan Rapinoe.

Midfielder Rose Lavelle doubled the hosts' lead five minutes later with a left-footed half volley that found its way into the back of the net, putting the world number-one side ahead 2-0 at the break.

Kiwi leftback Anna Green had a half to forget, falling off her marker on several occasions. It got worse in the 61st minute, when she failed to stay with Heath, as the right winger set up captain Carli Lloyd, who scored with her first touch of the match.

The 36-year-old legend scored her second in the 83rd minute, after a through-ball sliced open the Ferns defence, Christen Press found Lloyd in the box and she made no mistake to take the score to 4-0.

The result got out of hand for the visitors one minute later, as Samantha Mewis shot from outside the box and keeper Erin Nayler was wrong-footed by a deflection into the bottom left-hand corner.

The NZ side ranked 19th in the world looked out of their depth in front of 35,761 people at Busch stadium, which is understandable, given the world champions have only lost once in the last two years.  

The loss comes less than four weeks out from the Football Ferns' opening match of the World Cup, which is against the Netherlands on June 12.

The Football Ferns now turn their attention to Mexico, who they will face on Thursday, May 23.



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