Sitting in her hotel on the French Riviera on the eve of her Women's World Cup debut, England forward Nikita Parris suddenly felt an unexpected twinge of nerves.
"I'm not going to lie to you," Parris said. "I said to Abbie [McManus], my roommate, 'I've got butterflies.' I hadn't experienced it before."
Parris went to sleep.
"And they had gone," she said.
That was clear 14 minutes into her first game on soccer's biggest stage Sunday when Parris set England on its way to a 2-1 victory over World Cup newcomer Scotland in Nice, France, in its opening game in Group D.
After Fran Kirby's cross hit Nicola Docherty's outstretched arm — and a video review confirmed a penalty — Parris stepped up to send the ball past goalkeeper Lee Alexander.
"The atmosphere is there to intimidate you," Parris said. "The more atmosphere I get in my body, the more passionate I am about putting the ball in the back of the net."
After Rachel Corsie scored, England led 2-0 at halftime. The Brits endured a shaky second half that got more worrisome when Claire Emslie scored for Scotland in the 79th minute, but the 20th-ranked Scots never found that tying goal.
"We were only 2-0 at halftime," Parris said, "and then we came out too complacent."
Brazil 3, Jamaica 0: Cristiane scored three times, making certain Brazil won in Grenoble and spoiled Jamaica's first Women's World Cup match.
The veteran forward filled the gap left when Marta, six-time world player of the year, was ruled out because of a thigh injury.
Brazil stopped a nine-game losing streak that began with a 4-1 loss to the U.S. on Aug. 2.
The loss could have been worse for the Reggae Girlz, but Sydney Schneider stopped Andressa's penalty kick in the 38th minute. Jamaica is the first Caribbean nation to play in the Women's World Cup.
Italy 2, Australia 1: Barbara Bonansea scored twice, including the game-winner in stoppage time, as Italy, ranked 15th in the world, upset Australia, ranked sixth, in Valencienne.
Sam Kerr, playing in her third World Cup, scored her first goal in the tournament for Australia.