The US, Cameroon and Aus­tralia ad­vance at Women’s World Cup

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The United States beat Nige­ria 1-0 on Tues­day to se­cure top place in their group at the Women’s World Cup, while Aus­tralia and Cameroon got the re­sults they needed to also se­cure au­to­matic pro­gres­sion to the knock­out stages.

Aus­tralia draw 1-1 against Swe­den to fin­ish sec­ond be­hind the U.S. in Group D and leave Swe­den third, while Cameroon beat Switzer­land 2-1 to take sec­ond ahead of the Swiss in Group C.

In the day’s other re­sult, al­readyqual­i­fied Ja­pan beat Ecuador 1-0 to com­plete the group stage with a per­fect record of three wins.

The best four of the six third-place teams will also progress to the last 16. Those plac­ings will be fi­nal­ized by Wed­nes­day’s re­main­ing games in Groups E and F, but the Nether­lands, with four points, and Switzer­land, with three and a strong goal dif­fer­en­tial, are cer­tain to be two of the four to ad­vance.

The United States needed a goal by vet­eran striker Abby Wam­bach late in the first half to beat Nige­ria 1-0.

It was Wam­bach’s 14th World Cup goal, putting her level with Ger­many’s Bir­git Prinz for sec­ond on the all-time list be­hind Brazil’s Marta, who has 15.

Wam­bach, who was used as a sub­sti­tute in the pre­vi­ous game, started up front with Alex Mor­gan, who was mak­ing her first start of the tour­na­ment af­ter work­ing her way back from a bone bruise in her left knee.

Aus­tralia knew a point against Swe­den would be enough to reach the knock­out stage, and se­cured its place with a 1-1 draw

Lisa De Vanna put Aus­tralia up 1-0 in the fifth minute af­ter a break­away be­hind the Swedish de­fense.

Swe­den equal­ized in the 15th minute on a strike from just out­side the penalty box by Sofia Jakobsson.

The Swedes had op­por­tu­ni­ties to go ahead but fin­ished the group stage with a third-straight draw and will be sweat­ing on Wed­nes­day’s re­sults to know if that is enough to reach the next stage.

Cameroon’s Madeleine Ngono Mani came off the bench to score one of two sec­ond-half goals to beat Switzer­land 2-1 and claim sec­ond place in Group C.

Switzer­land led 1-0 af­ter Ana Maria Crnogorce­vic’s goal in the 24th minute, and it con­trolled the ac­tion for much of the half.

How­ever, Cameroon equal­ized on a pow­er­ful strike by Gabrielle Onguene in the 47th minute. Mani, who came off the bench in the 57th minute, fol­lowed with her 40th ca­reer goal five min­utes later for the win.

Ja­pan’s Yuki Ogimi scored in the fifth minute and that was enough for the de­fend­ing cham­pion to beat Ecuador 1-0.

It was the 54th in­ter­na­tional goal for the 27-year-old Ogimi. Her shot from close range bounced in off the cross­bar af­ter the ball had been de­flected to­ward an open net.

Ecuador, which was outscored 16-1 in losses to Cameroon and Switzer­land, kept this one close un­til the end.

AP

Nige­ria’s Eve­lyn Nwabuoku, bot­tom, stretches to reach the ball in front of United States’ Abby Wam­bach, right, and Alex Mor­gan, left, dur­ing the sec­ond half of a FIFA Women’s World Cup soc­cer game in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, Tues­day, June 16.

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