'Needs to be stopped': Historic football bloodbath shocks world

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England teammates celebrate while a Latvian players looks dejected in the background, with the Lionesses recording an incredible 20-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier this week. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)
England teammates celebrate while a Latvian players looks dejected in the background, with the Lionesses recording an incredible 20-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier this week. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

England's women's football team has thrashed Latvia to such an extent that some football figures are calling for rules to be changed to prevent it happening again.

The Lionesses banked the biggest win in the team's history when they inflicted a 20-0 drubbing on Latvia, with the home team finding the back of the net within the first five minutes and never looking back.

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It was as one-sided a World Cup qualifier football fans are ever likely to see, with four England players recording hat-tricks while Latvia failed to record even a shot on goal.

Instead, England held possession for 86 per cent of the match, took 15 corner kicks and pounded 64 shots on goal - of which 31 were on target.

While it was no doubt a memorable result, fans took to Twitter to question what benefit a result like this would ultimately have on the women's game.

Many football fans argued something ought to be done, fearing such lopsided results would ultimately lead to fans not taking the sport seriously.

Sunday World editor Kevin Palmer straight up called for mismatches such as this, as well as a similarly lopsided result when England's men's team thrashed San Marino 10-0 earlier in November, had to be addressed somehow.

"If you want any sport you get taken seriously, games like this and the San Marino game for the men earlier this month need to be stopped," he posted on Twitter.

Sports radio host Nigel Adderly was similarly scathing of the result.

"England win 30-0 on aggregate and also scored ten in Luxembourg," he wrote.

"At a time when the women’s game is trying to increase its profile this doesn’t help England, Latvia or anyone else."

Former England striker Michael Owen took to his Twitter account in the wake of the men's team's victory over San Marino to suggest FIFA look at the qualifying fixtures.

Owen argued fixtures that could foreseeably result in a double-digit blowout were worth reconsidering.

Sam Kerr finishes third in women's Ballon d'Or

Matildas and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr has placed third in the prestigious women's Ballon d'Or award.

The Australia captain was only behind Spain and Barcelona stars Alexia Putellas and Jenni Hermoso in the voting.

Kerr scored 21 goals in the English Women's Super League to land the Golden Boot and then six for Australia at the Tokyo Games - and has maintained her excellent this season with 13 goals in 12 games this season.

The Matildas captain has been rewarded for her goalscoring prowess over the year which has seen her win the Golden Boot as the top scorer in England's Women's Super League with Chelsea while also continuing to prove a totem for the Australian national team at the Olympics.

Australian football superstar Sam Kerr finished third in the women's Ballon D'Or count earlier this week. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
Australian football superstar Sam Kerr finished third in the women's Ballon D'Or count earlier this week. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Putellas won the top prize for the first time after an outstanding season for club and country.

The 27-year-old midfielder helped Barca win the treble and scored 26 goals in 42 games overall.

She netted in the Champions League final against Kerr's Chelsea, and in August she was named UEFA women's player of the year.

"I'm very emotional, it's a very special moment," she said at the Paris ceremony through a translator.

"I would like to start by thanking all my teammates, especially my current (Barcelona) teammates. For me it's a collective success."

The only previous women's award winners are Norway striker Ada Hegerberg in 2018, and US forward Megan Rapinoe in 2019.

The 2020 awards were cancelled because the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season.

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