skipper Carli Lloyd

Ferns outclassed in opener

The World No. 1 dominated the early physical exchanges at the Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte and scored at the start of each half through skipper Carli Lloyd and then Alex Morgan to get off to the perfect start to the tournament.

The USA took the lead in the ninth minute when skipper Lloyd headed home on the angle from a delightful cross from Tobin Heath. Lloyd, the most capped player at the Rio Olympics with 225 internationals to her name, scored her seventh goal at the Olympics and her 89th in all internationals.