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Chile 0-2 Sweden: Europeans score two late goals in Women's World Cup match

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'What a fabulous save!' - Chile keeper Endler denies Sweden

Two late goals gave Olympic Games runners-up Sweden a winning start to their Women's World Cup campaign as they finally ended Chile's resistance in a rain-affected Group F match.

A lightning storm in the second half saw the players taken off the pitch for 40 minutes before Kosovare Asllani shot into the roof of the net in the 83rd minute to give Sweden a deserved lead.

Substitute Madelen Janogy scored a fine individual goal, dribbling past several Chile players, to add a second in the fifth minute of injury time.

The Europeans had earlier been frustrated by Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who made a spectacular one-handed stop on the line to keep out Nilla Fischer's close-range glancing header.

Sweden, beaten 2-1 by Germany in the 2016 Olympic Games final in Rio, had 24 shots and 69% of possession against a Chile side who were playing in their first match at a World Cup finals.

However, the Swedes were wasteful in front of goal with Elin Rubensson heading at Endler and Stina Blackstenius firing over and then heading off target when unmarked six yards out.

Blackstenius again headed wide and Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson curled a shot over before the players were taken off the pitch in the 72nd minute because of thunder and lightning, after the first half had been played in glorious sunshine.

Chile, ranked 39th in the world, 30 places below the Europeans, again had to soak up pressure when the game restarted with Endler making another fine save by tipping over Sofia Jakobsson's shot from the edge of the penalty area.

But the Paris St-Germain goalkeeper was finally beaten with seven minutes left, before Janogy took advantage of some tired Chile players to double Sweden's advantage.

The South Americans repeatedly gave the ball away, did not win a corner and only had one weak shot on target.

Karen Araya had two speculative 35-yard efforts, with one shot narrowly off target and the other held by Hedvig Lindahl, the goalkeeper who played her final game for Chelsea last month.

Storm
Mexican referee Lucila Venegas took the players off in the 72nd minute because of a storm in Rennes

Chile's winless run continues - the stats

What's next?

Sweden take on Thailand at 14:00 BST in Nice on Sunday, 16 June, before Chile face reigning world champions the United States three hours later in Paris.

Line-ups

Chile

Substitutes

Sweden

Substitutes

Referee :
Lucila Venegas Montes
Attendance :
15,875

Match Stats

Home TeamChile Away TeamSweden
Possession
Home 31%
Away 69%
Shots
Home 5
Away 24
Shots on Target
Home 1
Away 6
Corners
Home 0
Away 11
Fouls
Home 10
Away 13

Live Text

Match ends, Chile 0, Sweden 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chile 0, Sweden 2.

Booking

Paloma López (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kosovare Asllani (Sweden) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paloma López (Chile).

Goal!

Goal! Chile 0, Sweden 2. Madelen Janogy (Sweden) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kosovare Asllani.

Kosovare Asllani (Sweden) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paloma López (Chile).

Attempt missed. Francisca Lara (Chile) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paloma López.

Foul by Linda Sembrant (Sweden).

Daniela Zamora (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Lina Hurtig (Sweden) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kosovare Asllani with a cross.

Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Javiera Toro (Chile).

Attempt missed. Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Anna Anvegard.

Attempt missed. Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kosovare Asllani.

Substitution

Substitution, Chile. Rocío Soto replaces Yanara Aedo.

Foul by Lina Hurtig (Sweden).

Su Helen Galaz (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chile 0, Sweden 1. Kosovare Asllani (Sweden) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Anna Anvegard.

Attempt missed. Madelen Janogy (Sweden) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nilla Fischer.

Substitution

Substitution, Sweden. Madelen Janogy replaces Elin Rubensson.

Caroline Seger (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paloma López (Chile).

Booking

Carla Guerrero (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kosovare Asllani (Sweden) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carla Guerrero (Chile).

Kosovare Asllani (Sweden).

Rosario Balmaceda (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.