Sweden overcame a break for thunder and lightning in Rennes to beat Chile 2-0 with late goals in their opening match of the Women's World Cup.

After torrential rain broke out midway through the second half, which was followed by flashes of lightning, Mexican referee Lucila Venegas decided to take the players off for their own safety.

The Group F match at Roazhon Park was goalless when play was halted in the 72nd minute, with Chile forward Maria Urrutia having earlier been carried off on a stretcher following an awkward fall when going up for a header.

After conditions improved, the match was restarted following a delay of around 40 minutes as the players came back out onto the pitch to go through warm-up drills.

Sweden, runners-up to Germany in the 2016 Olympics, continued to press and finally broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute when Kosovare Asllani scored from close range.

Substitute Madelen Janogy added a fine individual effort during stoppage time to wrap up victory.

Sweden will next play Thailand in Nice on Sunday, with Chile set to play defending world champions the United States of America.