Sweden beat Chile 2-0

Thunder and lightning led to a 40-minute suspension of the game

"I'm very relieved, of course", said the Dutch coach, Sarina Wiegman, after her team dominated proceedings but were nearly forced to settle for a point. "I feel confident putting any one of the 23 players out there".

In 2015, the women's team walked away with $2 million after becoming world champions, while a year earlier the men banked $9 million even after only reaching the last 16 of their respective World Cup in Brazil. Carli Lloyd (pictured) scored three goals and assisted four more in that match.

They are three of the 12 Asian referees and assistants selected to officiate at the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Meanwhile, European champions the Netherlands also got off to a winning start, but left it very late to beat New Zealand in Le Havre.

Ten of their goals came in the second half as the United States of America set a new record for the biggest winning margin in a women's World Cup match, bettering Germany's 11-0 defeat of Argentina in 2007. After a score by Mallory Pugh, she equaled Michelle Akers' mark of five goals in a World Cup match in the 87th minute.

It was also Morgan's first-ever World Cup hat trick. "A lot of these players who have had experience from the last World Cup or Olympics, we can look on that - look at both the successes and the defeats that we've had".

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Most goals by a team in one game: 13 This record previously belonged to Germany , which blew out Argentina, 11-0, in 2007. In those three defeats, they have failed to score a single goal while conceding 21.

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"I know that there is a large responsibility on my shoulders in terms of being a good role model", she told Oregon Live in 2013.

Sweden are in the same group here in France and they started their campaign with a 2-0 win over Chile in Rennes, but only after a long hold-up because of torrential rain which led to conditions deteriorating. The toughest of those is Sweden, the country that knocked out the USA in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

"This tournament in itself is going to change things for women's football, how we play and how the world sees us", said midfielder Lindsey Horan, who plays for Portland Thorns FC.

The Thai squad has two US -born members who have played for American colleges: Goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao plays at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and forward Miranda Nild played at UC Berkeley - Morgan's alma mater.

It remains to be seen how friendly that fire will seem when the USA team takes the pitch Tuesday, ready to show the world all that it can do.

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