Abuja - Abby Wambach's late first half goal saw USA beat ten-woman Nigeria
1-0 in their final Group D match this morning at the BC Place Stadium.
Right-back Sarah Nnodim was sent off nine minutes after the hour mark for a
second bookable offence.
The win made it seven points for the Yankees, while Super Falcons headed for
The Americans only needed a point to qualify for the round of 16, having beaten
Australia and drawn against Sweden in their first two games.
The Nigerians showed tactical composure especially at the back, however they were
caught out by Wambach's strike.
A corner kick taken by Megan Rapinoe was poked home by the veteran striker.
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An even first period saw Asisat Oshoala miss a golden chance for Nigeria ten
metres from goal when she wasn't clinical enough to beat Hope Solo.
Nigeria coach Edwin Okon made three changes from the team that lost 2-0 to
Australia, with Osinachi Ohale axed after a poor tournament, while Halimatu
Ayinde and Desire Oparanozie started on the bench.
In the other Group D game, Australia claimed second place with a 1-1 draw
Super Falcons Starters Vs USA:
Precious Dede, Sarah Nnodim, Ngozi Ebere,
Onome Ebi, Josephine Chukwunonye, Evelyn Nwabuoku (c), Ngozi Okobi, Esther
Sunday, Francisca Ordega, Courtney Dike, Asisat Oshoala
Ibubeleye Whyte, Christy Ohiaeriaku, Osinachi Ohale, Blessing
Edoho, Martina Ohadugha, Perpetua Nkwocha, Halimatu Ayinde, Cecilia Nku, Loveth
Ayila, Desire Oparanozie, Iniabasi Umotong