Sweden beat Chile after 40-minute weather delay

Sweden beat Chile after 40-minute weather delay

Holders the United States began their defence of the women's World Cup trophy in style yesterday as Alex Morgan scored five times in a record-setting 13-0 destruction of hapless Thailand in Group F.

The U.S. team is going into the game as the heavy favorites.

"I feel good, I feel confident", starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher said. The U.S. and Thailand have played just once before, in 2016, when the U.S. won 9-0. Ahead of the World Cup, it unveiled a free update featuring all 24 women's teams competing in the tournament.

Tuesday's match was first of three matches for the the tournament's opening round. "But I think the players that we've selected and the preparation has been excellent".

The United States team has an average of 29 years old, which makes them the oldest squad in the tournament, and second-oldest in the competition's history. Even the team's newer members such as forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Lindsey Horan have been with the team at least three years and played at the last Olympics. Morgan will be one of the players front and center as the US seeks to bring home another World Cup win and maintain her status as one of the top forwards in the world.

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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.

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", Wambach said. She is also tied with Tiffany Milbrett for sixth on the U.S.'s all-time goal list.

"We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves", Morgan said after the game. "So it's already friendly fire", the USA forward said.

Of course as with most everything involving social media, there were strongly worded takes on the other side, with many questioning if a men's team would receive the same criticism.