Just as their immediate predecessors Germany did at Russia 2006, reigning champions Korea DPR kicked off their title defence with defeat. The Asians were undone by a Brazil side intent on avenging their semi-final exit of two years ago, and despite falling behind, Kleiton Lima's girls got the win they wanted with a burst of three goals in 19 minutes. Although Ri Un Hyang cut the deficit deep into injury time, the South Americans were not to be denied a particularly satisfying win.
The other matches
Having arrived in Chile intent on recapturing the crown they won in 2004, Germany wasted little time in imposing their authority on Group C rivals Congo DR, scoring twice in the opening eight minutes. Kim Kulig and Katharina Baunach were the girls on target as Congolese confidence quickly evaporated en route to a fourth consecutive defeat in the competition. With Franz Beckenbauer looking on approvingly from the stands, Isabel Kerschowski, Nicole Banecki and Kulig added further goals to complete the rout.
Section rivals Japan served further notice of the progress their women's youth teams are making. Just days after the U-17 side caused a sensation at New Zealand 2008 with some thrilling, attacking football, the U-20s produced a similarly captivating show to see off Canada 2-0 in Santiago. First-half goals from Michi Goto and Asuna Tanaka were just reward for the domination the Japanese exerted over the CONCACAF champions throughout.
Norway enjoyed a memorable tournament bow as they recorded a 2-1 win over Mexico in their Group D opener in Temuco. Jarl Torske's side produced a solid performance to edge a tight game thanks to their superior finishing. Marita Lund and Elise Enget got the goals for the Scandinavians, with Dinora Garza getting on the scoresheet for the Mexicans, who have the dubious distinction of having conceded more goals than any other side in the history of the competition.
Natsuko Hara (Japan)
Intelligence, sublime passing skills, aggression and enviable technique. The Japanese No 10 has got the lot and was a crucial factor in her side's defeat of Canada. Doing her shirt number proud, Hara wowed the fans in the Chilean capital, who will be hoping she turns on a repeat performance in Sunday's mouth-watering clash with Germany.
What they said
"I don't normally score and it was even more special to do it in the first game. We fought hard and we deserved to win, but the next two matches will be even tougher. We've got off on the right foot and let's hope we can keep it going," Marita Lund, Norway forward.