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Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Americans bring Women’s World Cup to life

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 8 (Reuters) – The United States brought the Women’s World Cup to life on Monday as they rose to the top of the ‘Group of Death’ with a 3-1 win over Australia in front of a raucous crowd.

A day after the Ivory Coast were humiliated 10-0 by Germany, Nigeria and Cameroon restored African pride while Japan opened the defence of their title in Vancouver with a 1-0 win over Switzerland courtesy of a 29th minute strike from Aya Miyama.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Rapinoe leads U.S. past Australia in World Cup

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 8 (Reuters) – Megan Rapinoe scored twice to lead the United States to a 3-1 win over Australia in their Women’s World Cup opener on Monday, extending their unbeaten run against the Matildas to 25 games.

Rapinoe’s two strikes, on either side of halftime and another from Christen Press in the 61st minute powered the Americans to the top of Group D after Sweden and Nigeria had earlier battled to a 1-1 draw.

Jun 9, 2015

Rapinoe leads U.S. past Australia in World Cup opener

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Megan Rapinoe scored twice to lead the United States to a 3-1 win over Australia in their Women’s World Cup opener on Monday, extending their unbeaten run against the Matildas to 25 games.

Rapinoe’s two strikes, on either side of halftime and another from Christen Press in the 61st minute powered the Americans to the top of Group D after Sweden and Nigeria had earlier battled to a 1-1 draw.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Rapinoe leads U.S. past Australia in World Cup opener

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 8 (Reuters) – Megan Rapinoe scored twice to lead the United States to a 3-1 win over Australia in their Women’s World Cup opener on Monday, extending their unbeaten run against the Matildas to 25 games.

Rapinoe’s two strikes, on either side of halftime and another from Christen Press in the 61st minute powered the Americans to the top of Group D after Sweden and Nigeria had earlier battled to a 1-1 draw.

Jun 8, 2015

Nigeria score late to draw with Sweden

WINNIPEG (Reuters) – Francisca Ordega scored a late equalizer for Nigeria to earn a 3-3 draw with Sweden in their Group D Women’s World Cup opener on Monday, signaling that Africa will be heard from during the month-long tournament.

A day after Germany crushed the Ivory Coast 10-0, the Super Falcons restored African pride with an all-out attacking style that won over the fans and shocked the fifth-ranked Swedes.

Jun 8, 2015

Soccer-Nigeria score late to draw with Sweden

WINNIPEG, June 8 (Reuters) – Francisca Ordega scored a late equaliser for Nigeria to earn a 3-3 draw with Sweden in their Group D Women’s World Cup opener on Monday, signalling that Africa will be heard from during the month-long tournament.

A day after Germany crushed the Ivory Coast 10-0, the Super Falcons restored African pride with an all-out attacking style that won over the fans and shocked the fifth-ranked Swedes.

Jun 7, 2015

Soccer-U.S. face Australia as ‘Group of Death’ comes to life

WINNIPEG (Reuters) – The United States may be one the hot favorites to win the Women’s World Cup but first the Americans will have to survive the ‘Group of Death’ which begins on Monday with a tricky test against Australia.

No nation will face a tougher road to the final than those in Group D with three teams ranked in the world top 10, the U.S. (2), Sweden (5), Australia (10) and top African nation Nigeria (33).

Jun 7, 2015

U.S. face Australia as ‘Group of Death’ comes to life

WINNIPEG (Reuters) – The United States may be one the hot favourites to win the Women’s World Cup but first the Americans will have to survive the ‘Group of Death’ which begins on Monday with a tricky test against Australia.

No nation will face a tougher road to the final than those in Group D with three teams ranked in the world top 10, the U.S. (2), Sweden (5), Australia (10) and top African nation Nigeria (33).

Jun 7, 2015

Canada, Dutch win openers but fans the big winners

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Canada scored a heart-stopping injury time win over China to kick off the Women’s World Cup on Saturday as the spotlight returned to action on the field after a deflating week of scandal away from the pitch.

Christine Sinclair sent a capacity crowd at a sun-kissed Commonwealth Stadium home happy by slotting the winning spot kick in a 1-0 victory over China.

Jun 7, 2015

Soccer-Canada, Dutch win openers but fans the big winners

EDMONTON, June 6 (Reuters) – Canada scored a heart-stopping injury time win over China to kick off the Women’s World Cup on Saturday as the spotlight returned to action on the field after a deflating week of scandal away from the pitch.

Christine Sinclair sent a capacity crowd at a sun-kissed Commonwealth Stadium home happy by slotting the winning spot kick in a 1-0 victory over China.