Women's World Cup - Group D
Nigeria Women0USA Women1

Women's World Cup: United States beat Nigeria

Two-time winners United States are into the Women's World Cup last 16, but looked short of their best in a laboured 1-0 win over Nigeria.

Abby Wambach's volley just before the break proved enough for the US, but they could not add to their lead despite Nigeria losing defender Sarah Nnodim to a second yellow card.

They will play one of four third-placed teams to progress from the pool stages.

Australia secured Group D's second spot with a 1-1 draw against Sweden.

The Matildas will play Brazil in the next round in Moncton.

Meanwhile Sweden, ranked fifth in the world, will have to wait to see whether they claim one of four qualifying spots for teams finishing third in their group.

Australia took the lead after just five minutes as captain Lisa De Vanna sprinted onto a long ball forward and coolly slotted home.

Australia celebrate scoring against Sweden
Australia are into the knock-out stages for the third successive time

But any hopes they had of overhauling the United States at the top of the group were reduced as Sofia Jakobsson levelled 10 minutes late with a low shot inside goalkeeper Lydia Williams' near post.

In Vancouver, the 14th World Cup goal of Wambach's career - an instinctive far post volley from Megan Rapinoe's corner - proved enough for the United States.

But Nigeria coach Edwin Okon was left aggrieved by the referee's decision to issue Nnodim with a second yellow for a challenge on Sydney Leroux that left his side down to 10 players for the final 20 minutes.

Line-ups

Nigeria Women

  • 1Dede
  • 22NnodimBooked at 69mins
  • 6ChukwunonyeBooked at 59mins
  • 5EbiBooked at 43mins
  • 23Ebere
  • 17OrdegaSubstituted forNkuat 77'minutes
  • 14Nwabuoku
  • 13OkobiBooked at 68mins
  • 7SundaySubstituted forAyindeat 50'minutes
  • 10DikeSubstituted forOparanozieat 50'minutes
  • 8Oshoala

Substitutes

  • 2Edoho
  • 3Ohale
  • 4Nkwocha
  • 9Oparanozie
  • 11Umotong
  • 12Ayinde
  • 16Whyte
  • 18Ayila
  • 19Ohadugha
  • 20Nku
  • 21Ohiaeriaku

USA Women

  • 1Solo
  • 11Krieger
  • 19Ertz
  • 4Sauerbrunn
  • 22Klingenberg
  • 15RapinoeSubstituted forBoxxat 74'minutes
  • 12Holiday
  • 10Lloyd
  • 17HeathSubstituted forPearceat 80'minutes
  • 20Wambach
  • 13MorganSubstituted forLerouxat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leroux
  • 3Pearce
  • 5O'Hara
  • 6Engen
  • 7Boxx
  • 8Rodriguez
  • 9O'Reilly
  • 14Brian
  • 16Chalupny
  • 18Harris
  • 21Naeher
  • 23Press
Referee:
Kateryna Monzul
Attendance:
52,193

Match Stats

Home TeamNigeria WomenAway TeamUSA Women
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away8

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada Women31202115
2China Women31113304
3Netherlands Women31112204
4New Zealand Women302123-12

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women3210151147
2Norway Women32108267
3Thailand Women3102310-73
4Ivory Coast Women3003316-130

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Japan Women33004139
2Cameroon Women32019366
3Switzerland Women310211473
4Ecuador Women3003117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA Women32104137
2Australia Women31114404
3Sweden Women30304403
4Nigeria Women301236-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil Women22003036
2Costa Rica Women20203302
3Spain Women201112-11
4South Korea Women201124-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France Women32016246
2England Women32014316
3Colombia Women31114314
4Mexico Women301228-61
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