Sweden defeats newcomers Chile 2-0 after delay

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

Sweden overcame a break for thunder and lightning in Rennes to beat Chile 2-0 with late goals in their opening match of the Women's World Cup.

The USWNT will play Chile on Sunday and Sweden in their third match on Thursday.

They had found Chile and PSG goalkeeper Christiane Endler an impenetrable wall until Asllani profited from a poor attempt to clear the ball by Camila Sáez, arrowing her shot into the top corner on 83 minutes.

Substitute Madelen Janogy added a fine individual effort during stoppage time to wrap up victory.

After conditions improved, the match was restarted following a delay of around 40 minutes as the players came back out onto the pitch to go through warm-up drills. Alex Morgan's fifth goal of the day broke the record at 12 and also tied Michelle Akers's US record for most goals in a Women's World Cup match by a single player.

Chile, ranked No. 39 and the fifth South American team to play in a World Cup, was hurt in the 59th minute when Maria Urrutia was injured and had to be stretchered off.

The teams play in the same group with the defending champion United States and Thailand.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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