Co-host New Zealand stuns Norway to open the Women's World Cup

In the first win ever for a New Zealand national soccer team at a World Cup competition, the women's team upset heavily favored Norway with a 1-0 win to open the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The game began after a moment of silence was held before the opening whistle to remember the two people who died and five others injured, including a police officer, in a shooting in Auckland early Thursday morning before just miles away from Eden Park, the venue for the first match of the World Cup.

"The government tournament will proceed as planned," Hipkins saidhas spoken to FIFA organizers this morning and the . And, indeed, it did with New Zealand, ranked No. 26 in the world, taking on No. 12-ranked Norway in a Group A match, which set a record for attendance for any soccer match in New Zealand history, men's or women's with more than 42,100 people in attendance, CNN Sports reported.

Thirty-two teams will compete over the next month in over  matches across 10 venues in Australia and New Zealand, two very different countries when it come60s to football. While Australia has had more international success with the sport, New Zealand is known more as a rugby nation and until Thursday had never won a game in the World Cup — men's or women.

The U.S. Women's National Team is ranked No. 1 and arrives at this year as the tournament's two-time defending champion, favored to win again. The U.S. has nine players returning this year who were also on the 2019 champion team, including Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz. The Americans' first game is this weekend in New Zealand against Vietnam, with the U.S. seen as a heavy favorite.