Women's World Cup - Group D
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Women's World Cup Catch-Up: USA off the mark & goals galore

Megan Rapinoe scored twice as the USA started their Women's World Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Australia.

The number two-ranked team in the world are early leaders of Group D, following Sweden's 3-3 draw with Nigeria.

Rapinoe opened the scoring for the USA and despite Lisa De Vanna's equaliser for Australia, Christen Press made it 2-1. Rapinoe then put the game out of reach in Winnipeg.

In Group C Japan beat Switzerland 1-0, while Cameroon thrashed Ecuador 6-0.

Reigning champions Japan, who beat the USA in the 2011 final, secured three points through Aya Miyama's first-half penalty in Vancouver.

The USA are pre-tournament favourites in Canada, alongside Germany, who recorded an emphatic 10-0 win over Ivory Coast on Sunday night.

Jill Ellis's side have not been handed a straightforward group though, with this victory over 10th-ranked Australia coming before Friday night's game with fifth-best team in the world Sweden.

"We were a bit nervous. We couldn't play a lot worse at times,'' said Rapinoe, 29.

"But we settled in a bit and we were able to get some goals. Three points, that's most important, especially in this group that's shaping up a little weird."

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The Swedes, third-place finishers in 2011, are also among the title contenders, but they made hard work of their opener.

They were 2-0 up after a Desire Oparanozie own goal and Nilla Fischer's strike, and even though Ngozi Okobi and Asisat Oshoala brought Nigeria level, Sweden led again through Linda Sembrant, only for Francisca Ordega to equalise late on.

A Gaelle Enganamouit hat-trick helped Cameroon easily see off Ecuador, with Madeleine Ngono Mani, Christine Manie and Gabrielle Onguene also on the scoresheet.

Line-ups

USA

  • 1Solo
  • 11Krieger
  • 19Ertz
  • 4Sauerbrunn
  • 22Klingenberg
  • 23PressSubstituted forHeathat 68'minutes
  • 12HolidayBooked at 56mins
  • 10Lloyd
  • 15RapinoeBooked at 64minsSubstituted forBrianat 87'minutes
  • 20Wambach
  • 2LerouxSubstituted forMorganat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pearce
  • 5O'Hara
  • 6Engen
  • 7Boxx
  • 8Rodriguez
  • 9O'Reilly
  • 13Morgan
  • 14Brian
  • 16Chalupny
  • 17Heath
  • 18Harris
  • 21Naeher

Australia

  • 18Barbieri
  • 6Uzunlar
  • 5AllewaySubstituted forSykesat 83'minutes
  • 7Catley
  • 9Foord
  • 19GorrySubstituted forKennedyat 80'minutes
  • 8Kellond-Knight
  • 10van Egmond
  • 11De Vanna
  • 23HeymanSubstituted forSimonat 69'minutes
  • 20Kerr

Substitutes

  • 1Williams
  • 2Crummer
  • 3Sykes
  • 4Polkinghorne
  • 12Khamis
  • 13Butt
  • 14Kennedy
  • 15Polias
  • 16Raso
  • 17Simon
  • 21Arnold
  • 22Bolger
Referee:
Claudia Umpierrez
Attendance:
31,148

Match Stats

Home TeamUSAAway TeamAustralia
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away14

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada11001013
2Netherlands11001013
3China100101-10
4New Zealand100101-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1100100103
2Norway11004043
3Thailand100104-40
4Ivory Coast1001010-100

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon11006063
2Japan11001013
3Switzerland100101-10
4Ecuador100106-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA11003123
2Nigeria10103301
3Sweden10103301
4Australia100113-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica10101101
2Spain10101101
3Brazil00000000
4South Korea00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France11001013
2Colombia10101101
3Mexico10101101
4England100101-10
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