SWISS EASE

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Fa­bi­enne Humm leaps into the arms of Lia Waelti af­ter scor­ing in a 10-1 victory over Ecuador.

Kyah Simon scored twice to lead Australia to a 2-0 victory over Nige­ria in a group stage match Fri­day in Win­nipeg, Canada, at the Women’s World Cup.

Simon beat Nige­ria goal­keeper Pre­cious Dede on a feed from Lisa De Vanna to put the Matil­das up 1-0 in the 29th minute. She then found her­self un­guarded in front of the goal to put away Sa­man­tha Kerr’s arc­ing cross in the 68th minute.

Australia, ranked No. 10 in the world, fell 3-1 to the sec­ond-ranked United States in its Group D opener.

The Matil­das have been to six World Cups, with a best fin­ish of sixth in 2007.

But they were hurt in the win when Kerr was el­bowed in the jaw late in the match. The ref­eree did not see it.

Australia Coach Alen Sta­j­cic said the team’s 21year-old star striker would be X-rayed on Fri­day night to de­ter­mine whether her jaw was bro­ken.

Nige­ria Coach Ed­win Okon said the el­bow was not in­ten­tional.

Nige­ria, ranked No. 33, sur­prised Swe­den in the opener, com­ing back from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-3 tie. The peren­nial African cham­pion Su­per Fal­cons have been to all seven Women’s World Cups, with their best fin­ish a quar­ter­fi­nal ap­pear­ance in 1999. They face the U.S. on Tues­day.

Ja­pan 2, Cameroon 1: Aya Sameshima scored in the sixth minute as de­fend- ing cham­pion Ja­pan be­came the first team to se­cure a berth in the knock­out stage with a victory over Cameroon in Van­cou­ver.

Yuika Su­ga­sawa added a header off a cross by Aya Miyama in the 17th minute for Ja­pan (2-0), which held on for the win de­spite a strong per­for­mance by Cameroon — which scored in the 90th minute af­ter a strong run and shot by Ajara Nchout.

Cameroon nearly tied the score in stop­page time on a header by Gaelle En­ganamouit, but her shot missed just to the left.

Ja­pan plays its fi­nal group stage match against Ecuador on Tues­day, while Cameroon (1-1) faces Switzer­land.

Switzer­land 10, Ecuador 1: Fa­bi­enne Humm and Ra- mona Bach­mann both had sec­ond-half hat tricks as Switzer­land earned its first Women’s World Cup victory with a romp over Ecuador at Van­cou­ver.

Humm’s three goals came within six min­utes early in the sec­ond half, the first com­ing on a pow­er­ful strike from out­side the penalty box in the 47th minute to put Switzer­land up 3-0.

Bach­mann capped her scor­ing binge in the 81st minute for Switzer­land’s 10th goal.

Eseosa Aig­bo­gun and Martina Moser added goals for Switzer­land, which opened with a 1-0 de­feat to de­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­pan on Mon­day.

Angie Ponce scored Ecuador’s first World Cup goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute.

Dar­ryl Dyck As­soci a te d Press

Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

KYAH SIMON (17) of Australia scores past goal­keeper Pre­cious Dede of Nige­ria in Win­nipeg.

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