Thanatta Chawong scored an insurance goal in the 75th minute which proved the difference and Thailand beat Ivory Coast 3–2 in their Women's World Cup opening group game on Thursday.
Thailand improved its group record to 1-1-0 with three points while Ivory Coast, 10-0 losers to Germany in its opener, fell to 0-2-0.
Ivory Coast opened the scoring just four minutes in. A corner kick pinballed in the six-yard box until Ange Nguessan was able to get her left foot on it and beat Thailand goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing for a 1–0 lead.
In the 26th minute, Anootsara Maijarern took a seemingly offside long feed on the left wing and passed to Orathai Srimanee, who volleyed it by goalkeeper Dominique Thaimale to even the game held in Ottawa.
Srimanee made it 2-1 in first half stoppage time, heading home a service from Rattikan Thongsombut. The ball hit the crossbar and came straight down, but review confirmed it completely crossed the goal line.
Josee Nahi cut the deficit to one in the 88th minute, but a tying attempt by Christine Lohoues in injury time hit the crossbar and deflected out of bounds.