A second-half goal from forward Jessica Landstrom's handed Sweden a much-deserved 1-0 victory over Colombia in their Women's World Cup Group C opener.
Colombia international Yineth Varon has been provisionally suspended from playing ahead of Colombia's opening World Cup fixture.
Mexico held England to a 1-1 draw in their Women's World Cup Group B opener after an error by Karen Bardsley gifted Monica Ocampo an equaliser. Elsewhere, Japan moved to the top of the group with a deserved 2-1 victory over New Zealand in front of 15,000 fans in Bochum.
Hosts Germany kicked off their Women's World Cup campaign with a comfortable 2-1 win over Canada, thanks to goals from Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
Hope Powell has admitted she would have been sacked as England manager by now if the same cut-throat attitudes prevalent in the men's game existed in women's football.
U.S. striker Abby Wambach says that her side want to win 'beautifully' as she tries to bring the Women's World Cup back to the country for the first time in 12 years.
Equatorial Guinea, making their debut at the Women's World Cup, have dropped two of their star players - Salimata and Bilguisa Simpore - ahead of the tournament.
Brazil superstar Marta says that the time has come for her side to fulfil their potential and walk away with the Women's World Cup crown.
Australia's women came from behind to beat Mexico 3-2 in a FIFA World Cup warm-up match in Germany.
Captain Faye White has been included in England's Women's World Cup squad after overcoming a knee injury, but there is no place among Hope Powell's final 21 for experienced duo Sue Smith and Lindsay Johnson.