Ja­pan wins, 1-0, to sweep group

Los Angeles Times - - WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - As­so­ci­ated press

Yuki Ogimi scored in the fifth minute and de­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­pan beat Ecuador, 1-0, on Tues­day in Win­nipeg, Canada, to be­come the first team to win all three of its matches in the group stage of this year’s Women’s World Cup.

Ja­pan won Group C and will play in the round of 16 on June 23 in Van­cou­ver, Canada. Brazil, which plays Wed­nes­day, is the only other team with a chance to go 3-0 in the group stage.

It was the 54th in­ter­na­tional goal for the 27-yearold 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.

Cameroon 2, Switzer­land 1: Madeleine Ngono Mani came off the bench to score one of two sec­ond-half goals at Ed­mon­ton as Cameroon be­came only the sec­ond African team to ad­vance to the knock­out stage.

Cameroon (2-0-1) ad­vances as the sec­ond team from Group C, do­ing so in its first World Cup ap­pear­ance.

Switzer­land (1-0-2) led, 1-0, af­ter the first half be­hind a goal from Ana Maria Crnogorce­vic in the 24th minute, and it con­trolled the ac­tion for much of the half.

How­ever, Cameroon equal­ized on a pow­er­ful right-footed 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.

Aus­tralia 1, Swe­den 1: Lisa De Vanna’s early goal was enough for Aus­tralia to ad­vance to the knock­out stage in draw at Ed­mon­ton.

It’s the third straight World Cup in which Aus­tralia (1-1-1) has ad­vanced past the group stage. It is the sec­ond team be­hind the United States in Group D.

De Vanna put Aus­tralia up, 1-0, in the fifth minute with a left-footed goal com­ing af­ter a break­away be­hind the Swedish de­fense.

Swe­den (0-3-0) tied the game in the 15th minute on a left-footed strike from just out­side the penalty box by Sofia Jakobsson.

Caro­line Seger had a shot on goal fol­low­ing a cor­ner in the 25th minute for Swe­den, but Aus­tralia goal­keeper Ly­dia Wil­liams made the save.

Kevin C. Cox Getty Im­ages

JA­PAN’S Kana Ki­ta­hara, left, of Ja­pan chal­lenges Mon­ica Quin­teros of Ecuador in Group C match.

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