USA show Thailand no mercy

New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands

Netherlands scored late to narrowly sink New Zealand 1-0 in their opening match of Group E on Tuesday afternoon at Stade Oceane.

The Dutch had a host of opportunities to score early in the match but were missing clear chances but their persistence finally paid off in stoppage time as second-half substitute Jill Roord netted the winner in the second minute of added time.

Netherlands top Group E with three points as a result, while New Zealand are third without points on the board.

Chile 0-2 Sweden

Sweden overcame a long stoppage due to inclement weather to beat debutants Chile 2-0 in their first match of Group F on Tuesday evening in Rennes.

The South Americans were holding their own in their first ever women’s World Cup match against the Swedes, who had featured in all eight previous editions, until the match was halted in the 72nd minute (with the score deadlocked on nil-nil), due to lightning and torrential rain at Roazhon Park.

Once play resume, the Swedes caught Chile cold as they broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute through Kosovare Asllani before Madelen Janogy sealed the result in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Sweden clinched their first three points in Group F while Chile were left without points.

United States 13-0 Thailand

Holders United States started their campaign in emphatic fashion as they hammered Thailand 13-0 in their opening match of Group F.

Alex Morgan registered five goals, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis contributed with two each, while Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Lindsay Horan each netted once.

The defending champions grabbed top spot in Group F with the three points while Thailand were rock bottom after a record heavy defeat at a World Cup.

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