Wambach Buries 14th Career World Cup Goal; U.S. Awaits Third-Place Finisher from Group B/E/F
VANCOUVER, Canada (June 16, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Nigeria 1-0 in front of a crowd of 52,193 at BC Place in Vancouver to win Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and advance to the Round of 16.
Abby Wambach’s side-footed a strike in the 45th minute proved to be the game winner. It was her 14th career World Cup goal, which moved her into a tie with Germany’s Birgit Prinz for second on the all-time list. Brazil’s Marta is the leader with 15 goals. Wambach has now scored in the group phase of every World Cup in which she has played (03, 07, 11, 15)
The U.S. defense held off the speedy Nigeria attack for the rest of the match to earn its second-straight shutout.
In the day’s other Group D match, Australia tied Sweden 1-1. The USA (2-0-1; 7 points) topped the group, followed by Australia (1-1-1; 4 points), Sweden (0-0-3; 3 points) and Nigeria (0-1-2; 1 point).
The WNT will continue the tournament against the third place finisher from Group B/E/F, with the opponent to be determined after tomorrow’s final Group Stage matches. The Round of 16 contest will take place June 22 at 8 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton (FOX Sports 1). Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA- Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe), 45th minute: Megan Rapinoe whipped in a hard corner kick toward the back post. Wambach jumped through the Nigeria defense, met the ball in the air and side footed it in to give the U.S. the lead just before the halftime whistle. USA 1, NGA 0 (WATCH) FINAL