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From the 12th minute of their Women's World Cup Group F opener against three-time winners United States on Tuesday (June 11), Thailand, making only their second appearance at the event, were a goal down.
"And for the celebrations, these are goals we have dreamt of our entire life. Curious to see if anyone apologises for this postgame", Twellman tweeted to his 327,000 followers. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. "To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", said US coach Jill Ellis. "It was a cool experience and I'm glad we came". "And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents, and as Alex said, it's a tournament where goal differential is important", Ellis said. "It is part of the growth of the game".
Former USWNT star Abby Wambach also chimed in, defending the team's goals and celebrations via Twitter.
"Personally I think if you're putting in as much work as you put in to get to a World Cup - and for a lot of those players that was their first World Cup goals - by all means celebrate", she said.
She also questioned whether there was an element of sexism in the criticism. Imagine it being you out there.
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Captain Megan Rapinoe said her team had been overjoyed at setting the record score but insisted they did respect all their opponents.
"This is a world championship so every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point". The squad absolute best allowed two shots on targets because the Thai offense became nearly nonexistent for the length of your entire match.
"I'm happy just ignoring those comments". "Pull it back, knock it around". "If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA global turned TV pundit.
"Our players were waiting for this moment and they were really disappointed", said the Thailand coach, Nuengruethai Sathongwien.
"The U.S. team is not here to be anybody's friend".
"The U.S. team each and every time the whistle blows is going to score as many goals as possible".