There are some weeks where you might not get 13 goals across a full round of SSE Airtricity Premier League Fixtures. Last night John Kenny on RTÉ commentated on 13 goals as the USA smashed the previous World Cup goals record against Thailand.
The previous record was a 10-1 win for Hungary against El Salvador in 1982 while in more recent memory Germany put eight past Saudi Arabia in 2002 and seven past Brazil in Rio of all places to end the hosts 2016 World Cup ambitions.
These results occasionally happen where the giants and the minnows of the game come together, even sometimes when it is giants against giants.
Team USA were buoyed going into the game last night by support from former president Barack Obama on social media. He was remembering welcoming the team back after winning the 2015 World Cup and wishing them well this time around.
The @USWNT is something to smile about. It was great to celebrate with them back in 2015 and I’m excited to root them on in their drive to earn their fourth star. Best of luck to these champions for equality, on and off the field. #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/AHcHGATy5S
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 11, 2019
More records were falling yesterday as FIFA announced ticket sales at the tournament has passed the one million mark and that 14 of the games were completely sold out.
All teams have now played their opening matches in the tournament and the action moves today to games in which those who win can secure their place in the knock out rounds
Nigeria and Korea are fighting for survival in the early game on TG4. Then Germany take on Spain and France face Norway in a double header oin RTÉ 2 television.
Norway knocked out the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in qualification so are something of a benchmark for us here. France were impressive in their opening night 4-0 win over Korea though and will take some stopping on home soil.
It may be one of the most iconic American brands but Budweiser is supporting the England team on their journey through this World Cup.
Here was the video they produced to send them on their way using the words of another famous Englishwoman, Queen Elizabeth I as inspiration