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Morgan scores as USWNT stays perfect against South Korea with friendly win

06:12 GMT+3 20/10/2017
Julie Ertz Alex Morgan U.S. women's national team
Jill Ellis saw her side claim a fifth win in a row as the United States women's national team stayed perfect against Thursday's opponent

The United States women's national team took a relatively comfortable 3-1 win over South Korea Thursday night, with Julie Ertz, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe doing the scoring for the USA. 

Ertz continued her hot scoring streak with a lovely diving header in the 24th minute that got the U.S. on the board. The defender has now netted in four of her last five matches for Jill Ellis' side. 

Morgan made it 2-0 in the 40th as she took down a ball pulled back from the end line and turned well while fighting off a defender before finishing. Like Ertz, it was a continuation of a strong run of form from Morgan, who has now scored in four straight appearances for the USA. 

South Korea did not go quietly however. 

Han Chaerin, making her international debut, scored an absolute stunner just before the break to cut the lead in half. 

Rapinoe's second-half penalty sealed the win for the USA, taking the team's record to 8-0-2 all time against South Korea, though all 10 matched have taken place on American soil. 

There was also both good and bad news for the USA on the injury front. 

U.S. forward Mallory Pugh had to leave the match late in the first half with hamstring injury, but Carli Lloyd returned from a nine-week injury layoff, coming on as a substitute in the 77th minute. 

The USA and South Korea will meet again Sunday for another friendly match in Cary, North Carolina.