Women's World Cup - Group D
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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

  • 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

  • 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 TeamNigeriaAway TeamUSA
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away8

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada31202115
2China31113304
3Netherlands31112204
4New Zealand302123-12

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany3210151147
2Norway32108267
3Thailand3102310-73
4Ivory Coast3003316-130

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Japan33004139
2Cameroon32019366
3Switzerland310211473
4Ecuador3003117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA32104137
2Australia31114404
3Sweden30304403
4Nigeria301236-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil22003036
2Costa Rica20203302
3Spain201112-11
4South Korea201124-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32016246
2England32014316
3Colombia31114314
4Mexico301228-61
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