by Sylvain Jamet in Canada
Monday’s games did not disappoint with seven goals in Group C and ten in Group D, and a first upset with Nigeria getting a deserved draw against Sweden.
Cameroon 6 Ecuador 0 Ngono Mani, Enganamouit x3 ( including 1 pen ), Mani (pen), Aboudi Onguene (pen)
Japan 1 Switzerland 0 Miyama (pen)
Cameroon are the group leaders as they won the game against the World cup rookies at a canter. They scored three penalties in that game. Ecuador also had the first sending off in the competition with a straight red card for Moreira for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
Japan defeated Switzerland in a highly entertaining game with both sides in full attacking mode. Japan scored the winner from a controversial penalty call while Switzerland will regret their lack of clinical finishing in front of goal
Next up will see the two match day one winners, Japan and Cameroo,n try to qualify for the next round as any winner on the day would go through, while Switzerland and Ecuador will try to collect their first ever points in the competition.
Sweden 3 Nigeria 3 OG, Fischer, Sembrant; Okobi, Oshoala, Ordega
USA 3 Australia 1 Rapinoe x2, Press; De Vanna
In the Group Of Death, we had our first big upset with Nigeria drawing with Sweden 3-3 after being two nil and then 3-2 down. They could have won the game as well. Both sides were guilty of giving away soft goals in a thrilling and entertaining game.
The USA had to work hard to beat Australia 3-1. Rapinoe was the match winner with a brace. Australia were on top in the first half but faded away physically in the second. This is something we saw in both Group D games with many Swedish players cramping after 60 minutes. Hot weather and artificial turf seem to tire players quicker than on a natural pitch.
The next game will see Sweden take on the USA in a must-win game or at least do-not-lose, if they do not want to be involved in the lottery of the best third placed teams conundrum.
Nigeria and Australia will battle in order to secure a vital three points that could give them qualification to the round of last 16.
All the groups table are available here.