Just ask Thailand, whose players will be chasing red-shirted American behemoths in their nightmares for a number of nights to come.
After the break, the goals quickly came — four in the space of six minutes, raising the decibels inside Stade Auguste-Delaune, a stadium which had turned red, white and blue for the evening.
Alex Morgan ended the evening with five — Michelle Akers is the only other American to score five in a World Cup match — while Samantha Mewis scored a brace and captain Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also contributed to the astonishing scoreline.
The odds had always been against Thailand. The bookies’ thought so, the fans thought so and so did the experts.
This was the world’s most successful country in Women’s World Cup history, winners of three previous editions of this tournament and favorites in France for a fourth, going up against a nation which was competing in just its second World Cup.
It was No.1 in the world versus No.34 and these sorts of contests usually end one way, though not quite so savagely. In truth, the gulf between the teams was bigger than the world ranking would suggest.