The U.S survived its opening game with a 3-1 victory against Australia on Monday. Megan Rapinoe helped with two goals and the team overcame early defensive problems to get the much needed points.
The 3-1 result puts the U.S at the very top of Group D. In the other game from the group, Sweden and Nigeria played to a 3-3 draw. The biggest win happened in group C, with Cameroon dominating Ecuador 6-0.
Christen Press also added a score for the U.S. The team is trying to win its third World Cup title and first in sixteen years. Australia tied up the score midway through the first half but allowed two more later. “We were a bit nervous,” Rapinoe said. “Couldn’t play a lot worse at times.”
Morgan Is Back!
Alex Morgan had a little over ten minutes of action after entering in the 79th minute. This was her first game since suffering a bone bruise with her club Portland.
The U.S got off to a hot start, with a Rapinoe score in the 12th minute. Australia then tied it up but Press put them ahead with a score in the 61st. The U.S sealed the game with a score from Rapinoe in the 78th, her 31st international goal.
The U.S now has five wins and two draws from its opening games at World Cups and has never lost against Australia in 25 games.
Morgan missed most of the match but Wambach and Sydney Leroux played well against Australia. Hope Solo was in action just a day after an ESPN report revealed new information on her arrest a year ago.
The charges were dropped by a judge earlier this year, but there is an appeal scheduled. “That was a long time ago. We’ve moved on,” coach Jill Ellis said. “She’s been a fantastic player and teammate. None of that has even resonated with us, and I’m sure many of the players aren’t aware of it.”
Solo was tested early on. She tipped a shot off the crossbar and over in the fifth minute and then made another spectacular save in the 13th.
Rapinoe opened the scoring when her kick was deflected off an Australia player past goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri. Australia then tied it up with De Vanna, when she placed the ball inside the near post for her 36th goal with the national team.
Press scored from a nice cross by Leroux in the 61st minute and then Rapinoe sealed the tough matchup with a late score.
In the same group, Nigeria and Sweden split points after a Francisca Ordega score in the 87th minute. The game ended with a 3-3 score.
Sweden was cruising early on and they were up 2-0 in the first half. Nigeria then made a serious comeback in the second half when Ngozi Okobi and Asisat Oshoala provided two scores in three minutes.
Sweden then took the lead again with a Linda Sembrant goal before Ordega rescued Nigeria with a late goal.
Cameroon was the biggest winner today, with a rout against Ecuador. They scored three goals in nine minutes late in the first half to seal the game early. Final score: 6-0.
Gaelle Enganamouit provided a hat trick for Cameroon, which scored three times from penalties. Enganamouit scored in the 36th and 73rd minutes, then got a penalty as the game was ending to complete her great performance.
Nigeria scored its first in the 34th minute and was up 3-0 in the 44th. Ecuador played with 10 women for the last 30 minutes of the match after Ligia Moreira was sent off.
Cameroon will now have its hands full against defending champion Japan on Friday. Ecuador will try to recover from this loss when they meet Switzerland.