Monday, June 27, 2011

Women's World Cup Update

Two days into the World Cup and we've seen four matches. Quick recap of what's gone down so far in case you missed anything...

France 1 Nigeria 0

France kicked off the 2011 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Nigeria yesterday behind a goal from 23 year old striker Marie-Laure Delie. Delie already has 12 goals in 2011 for the French National Team including hat tricks against New Zealand and Scotland at the Cyprus Cup and against Belgium in a friendly.

Germany 2 Canada 1

The hosts jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead behind goals from Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, and then held off the Canadians to win their opener at Olympic Stadium by a final score of 2-1. Ranked second in the world behind the United States, Germany has big time aspirations for their team this year. Christine Sinclair scored Canada's lone goal, her 117th career goal in 160 appearances.

Japan 2 New Zealand 1

Japan jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but New Zealand quickly equalized and the two sides spent much of the game deadlocked at 1 before Aya Miyama broke the tie in the 68th minute sending Japan to a 2-1 win. Yuki Nagasato also scored for 4th ranked Japan while New Zealand got their goal from 26 year old striker Amber Hearn.

Mexico 1 England 1

Center Midfielder Fara Williams put England ahead in the 21st minute with her 35th international goal, but the early lead wouldn't hold up as Mexico equalized from long range on a strike from Monica Ocampo. Mexico got just two shots on goal the entire match and were outshot 15-10 in the draw.

Team USA in action tomorrow against the Koreans as the U.S. look to win the tourney for the first time since 1999.

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