It looked like the Women’s World Cup would produce its second scoreless draw in just as many days, but the Netherlands had other plans. The Dutch used a goal in the second half of added time to beat New Zealand 1-0 and earn three valuable points to kick off Day 5 action before Sweden doubled up Chile. To end the day, it’s the debut of the U.S. women’s national team at 3 p.m. ET. Here’s a look at the scores, schedule and more on Tuesday.
Women’s World Cup scores for Tuesday, June 11
USWNT starts title defense vs. Thailand
The U.S. got its 2019 World Cup started on Tuesday in France. The defending champs are dominating Thailand, and you can follow along with live updates here.
Sweden takes care of business
The U.S. women’s national team’s top competition in Group F got off to a great start at the cup as Sweden beat Chile 2-0, but it took 83 minutes to get the breakthrough. It’s been a trend at the tournament so far, with much stronger teams failing to convincingly put opponents away. Sweden had 24 shots in the game compared to Chile’s five, yet the ball didn’t want to go in for the majority of the match.
Kosovare Asillani scored the winning goal for Sweden seven minutes before time, and Madelen Janogy added the second in added time. Here’s the winning goal:
A great strike, and what an alert play to pounce on that loose ball to send it top shelf. That’s a big result against a Chile team that prioritized defense but couldn’t hold on in the final moments. This win puts Sweden in a fantastic spot to beat Thailand next time out and advance to the round of 16.
Super sub saves the Dutch
New Zealand weathered the Dutch storm for 91 minutes and looked almost certain to lock up a valuable point before Jill Roord came off the bench to head home the winner in the 92nd minute.
It always felt like the Netherlands would squeak out a win, especially with 16 shots on the day, and they did just that.
It’s a big win for the Netherlands and one they needed for some momentum. The reigning Euro 2017 champs squeaked by in World Cup qualifying, and it really dampened expectations from the outside. This result won’t reignite those expectations but it may be what gives them the confidence needed to take on Cameroon and Canada to wrap up the group stage.
U.S. gets ready for opener
The Americans take on Thailand at 3 p.m. ET as part of Group F, the last group to play at the tournament. The reigning champs are ready to roll and should be confident in winning this one with little trouble. Though it was almost three years ago, there is a history between the two teams. Just after the 2016 Olympics, the U.S. beat Thailand 9-0 in a friendly. Out of the 18 USWNT players that played that day, 17 are on this World Cup roster, including Carli Lloyd who had a hat trick.
The U.S. has never lost a World Cup opener, and they aren’t expected to on Tuesday.