Soccer-Americans bring Women’s World Cup to life

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By Steve Keating

WINNIPEG, Manitoba,  – 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 croy of a 29th minute strike from Aya Miyama.

Cameroon, who were making their first World Cup appearance, looked right at home on soccer’s biggest stage as Gaelle Enganamouit score a hat-trick to lead the 53rd ranked Les Lionnes to a 6-0 victory over South American debutant Ecuador.

Nigeria and Sweden, who have appeared in all seven women’s World Cups, experienced some first up jitters in Winnipeg with Francisca Ordega grabbing a late equaliser for the Africans to earn a 3-3 draw in the so called ‘Group of Death’.

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No nation will face a tougher road to the final than those in Group D, which features three teams ranked in the top 10, the U.S. (2), Sweden (5), Australia (10) and the 33rd-ranked Nigerians, who are the top African nation.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

The first appearance by the U.S. created an electric atmosphere as fans flooded across the border, filling Winnipeg Stadium with a boisterous red, white and blue flag-waving crowd.

The American Outlaws, a U.S. supporters group, turned the north grandstand into a swath of red, white and blue with chants of “USA, USA” echoing through the stadium from the moment the players appeared from the tunnel.

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With U.S. based in Winnipeg, American supporters have taken over the downtown area with groups filling restaurants and pubs bringing a lively buzz to the tournament that has been lacking in some of the other five venues.

(Reuters)

 

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