Women's World Cup Du Jour: What else happened while the USWNT trounced Thailand

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Jill Roord (19) yells in celebration after her winning goal for the Netherlands against New Zealand. (Associated Press)
Jill Roord (19) yells in celebration after her winning goal for the Netherlands against New Zealand. (Associated Press)

This is Yahoo Soccer’s daily Women’s World Cup recap. From the best performances to the buzziest moments, we’ll make sure you don’t miss a thing from France.

Key result

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New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands

We all know the standout result of the day happened over in Reims, but that was to be expected. Meanwhile, the Netherlands looked set to fall two points behind Canada in Group E until Jill Roord’s winner in the second minute of stoppage time.

Many wondered how the reigning European champions would acquit themselves this Women’s World Cup, and the answer for over 90 minutes was, not exceptionally well. New Zealand is a live underdog and goalkeeper Erin Nayler played well, but the Dutch should probably have turned their 70 percent possession into more clear-cut opportunities.

That said, three points are three points, and perhaps there were some jitters. The Netherlands set itself up well for the next match against Cameroon, and another win would do much to ease tensions heading into the final group match against Christine Sinclair and the Canadians.

Standout player

Alex Morgan, United States

Honorable mention goes to Kosovare Asllani, who saved Sweden a world of concern with her goal in the 83rd minute to break a scoreless deadlock against Chile. But we’ll go with Morgan, who scored her first career group stage goal at the Women’s World Cup, and then scored four more for fun.

Best goal

Kosovare Asllani, Sweden

We hate unquantifiable, abstract descriptors as much as the next person, but there was some serious want-to by Asllani to rescue Sweden from a disappointing draw in its Group F opener:

Honorable mention goes to United States midfielder Rose Lavelle, who struck her country’s second goal ever-so-sweetly:

Headlines from the touchlines

Germany star Dzsenifer Marozsan to miss rest of group stage with injury

Lightning, torrential rain delay Sweden-Chile

Wednesday’s games

Nigeria vs. South Korea, Group A, 9 a.m. ET

Germany vs. Spain, Group B, Noon ET

France vs. Norway, Group A, 3 p.m. ET

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