The opening matches of this year’s Homeless World Cup reflected the best in what football has to offer, with plenty of thrills, goals and good football on display.

In the opening match in front of a packed Pitch 1, with Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit in attendance, hosts Norway were soundly beaten by a strong Chile women’s side, 10–1. A strong defensive display and some fantastic passing football saw Chile rewarded with the win, reflecting their status as one of the favourites.

Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway

Next up, Norway’s men’s side were beaten 6–3 by a mixed Brazil side in a thoroughly entertaining encounter, with vocal home support behind their side until the final whistle.

The third match saw the 2016 Homeless World Cup men’s winners Mexico make their bow at this year’s tournament, putting on an impressive, powerful performance as they ran out 9–1 winners over Italy.

On Pitch 2, the most competitive match of the first run of games saw Lithuania squeeze past USA 5–4, with the American side’s late attempts on goal (with one shot hitting the bar) making for a nail-biting finish.

Words: Craig Williams
Headline image: Ole Christian Eklund; Image 1: Romain Kedochim