It’s a match she’ll remember for a long time, but not for the reasons she wanted before going on the pitch. Against the United States, marking the second day of the SheBelieves tournament, a friendly tournament held every year, New Zealander Michaela Moore showed herself wistfully by scoring three goals against her camp in one period, including two in two minutes. The defender was taken out before the break and the two-time world champion finally won… 5-0.
The 25-year-old Liverpool player’s ordeal began just five minutes after a brilliant right-footed corner kick. He continued with header kicks (6), then an involuntary rebound with the left foot in front of his goalkeeper (36). In short, the perfect hat-trick…but not on the good side. Michaela Moore was instantly overwhelmed, and was immediately replaced, not without consolation by her teammates.
Ashley Hatch scored the American’s fourth goal in the 51st minute, and Mallory Pugh sealed the win three minutes from time in this contested encounter in Carson (California). The United States is unbeaten in 64 matches in all competitions on its home soil and can still win the SheBelieves Cup. That would require a victory over Iceland in Tuesday’s third and final match.
Among the boys, the player achieved the same unfortunate performance. In 1982, Jorge Nino, a player for the Brazilian Club démocratique, had the same disappointment against Atlético Mineiro. His team lost 5-1.
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