#FIFAWWC Game Day Notes: Tuesday, June 16

— June 16, 2015

Today’s Match Schedule
  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Ecuador vs. Japan (Winnipeg) on TSN/TSN GO
  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Switzerland vs. Cameroon (Edmonton) on TSN2/TSN GO
  • 7:30 p.m. ET – Nigeria vs. USA (Vancouver) on CTV/CTV GO
  • 7:30 p.m. ET – Australia vs. Sweden (Edmonton) on TSN2/TSN GO
  • 11 p.m. ET – Canada 2015 Recap Show on TSN2/TSN GO
Today’s coverage is highlighted by USA’s final group match against Nigeria as well as a must-watch affair between Australia and Sweden.
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Match Previews from TSN Soccer Analyst Gareth Wheeler Nigeria vs. USA: The Americans are in pole position taking on Nigeria in their group finale. The USA backline will be tested against a pacey group of Nigerian attacking players. But for what Nigeria has in attack, they lack defensively. Goals will be scored. Australia vs. Sweden: Australia and Sweden is a must-watch affair, with the teams currently on three and two points, respectively. Australia will be in the driver's seat, playing a Swedish team trying to avoid an emotional drop-off after an energy-sapping draw with the USA. A dip in play would be predictable, with Pia Sundhage's side having played beyond expectations in the last match against their head coach's former team. Switzerland vs. Cameroon: Stars emerge at every tournament. No star has shined brighter than Switzerland's Ramona Bachmann. With three goals, an assist, and an impressive 13 shots in the tournament thus far, Bachmann has been a buzzsaw, while also showing all kinds of creativity on the ball. No player has been better in Canada. There is much to like about Switzerland. They were unlucky to not come away with something after a very good showing against Japan in their opener.  A win or a draw against Cameroon would see Switzerland finish second place in Group C and play second place in Group A at Commonwealth Stadium in the Round of 16. Based upon their positive play, the Swiss would be a favourite against whoever they play, and that includes Canada. Ecuador vs. Japan: Defending champions Japan have so far justified their billing as favourites at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, becoming the first team to book their place in the Round of 16 after only two matches. While the Nadeshiko can now go into their final group game with the pressure off, the South Americans will be focused on leaving the tournament on a high note after two heavy defeats: a 6-0 rout by Cameroon and a 10-1 thrashing by Switzerland. (Source: FIFA.com)   Game Day Notes: Nigeria vs. USA Nigeria and USA are meeting in the FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage for the fourth time. The Americans have won all three of the previous meetings by a combined score of 13-1. Nigeria
  • Currently last in Group D with one point – tied their opening match against Sweden 3-3 and lost their second match 2-0 against Australia
  • Won three of their 20 FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage matches (3W/3D/14L)
  • Two of their three FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage wins have come in the final game – beat Canada 1-0 in 2011 and Denmark 2-0 in 1999
  • This is Nigeria’s seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament - only seven teams have made this many appearances
  • Only African team to have participated in every FIFA Women’s World Cup – reached the quarter-finals in 1999
  • Nigeria was the 2014 African champion
  • Asisat Oshoala was the most valuable player of FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada in 2014
  • Current FIFA world ranking: #33
USA
  • Currently first in Group D with four points – beat Australia 3-1 in their opening match and tied their second game 0-0 against Sweden
  • Set to play their 39thFIFA Women’s World Cup finals match, an ongoing record
  • Should Hope Solo start against Nigeria she will play her 173rdcap, equalling the USA record for a goalkeeper held by Briana Scurry
  • Abby Wambach needs three goals to become the all-time leading goal-scorer at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Brazil’s Marta has 15 goals while retired Birgit Prinz of Germany has 14
  • USA’s 2-1 loss to Sweden in 2011 remains their only loss in the FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage
  • Reached the semifinals in all six prior FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments
  • Played in every FIFA Women's World Cup – won the tournament in 1991 and 1999
  • Hosted FIFA Women's World Cup in 1999 and  2003
  • Only team to host and win the FIFA Women's World Cup in the same year, 1999
  • Four-time winners of Olympic gold (1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012)
  • Reached the semifinals in all six prior FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments
  • Christie Rampone of USA has won four Olympic medals (3G, 1S)
  • Abby Wambach was nominated for 2014 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
  • Current FIFA world ranking: #2
Game Day Notes: Australia vs. Sweden Australia and Sweden have met twice at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with Sweden winning both matches 3-1. Australia
  • Currently second in Group D with three points – lost opening match 3-1 to the USA and won their second game against Nigeria 2-0
  • Won four of their 17 group stage matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup(4W/4D/9L)
  • Have met European opposition six times at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (1W/1D/4L)
  • Qualified for sixth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup and only missed inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup 1991
  • Nicknamed The Matildas
  • Best result in the FIFA Women's World Cup is making it to the quarter-finals, losing against Brazil in 2007 and Sweden in 2011
  • Current FIFA world ranking: #10
Sweden
  • Currently third in Group D with two points – tied both games (3-3 against Nigeria and 0-0 against USA)
  • Have drawn their two 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches – no side has ever drawn three in succession at the tournament
  • Had drawn just one of their 18 group stage matches prior to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Won all six of their final group stage matches in previous FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances
  • Participated in every FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Best result at a FIFA Women’s World Cup was second place in 2003 – lost against Germany 2-1 in extra time
  • Quickest goal in FIFA Women’s World Cup history was scored in 1991 by Swedish player Lena Videkull, who scored 30 seconds into the game against Japan
  • Won all 10 of their qualifying group games
  • Nilla Fischer and Lotta Schelin were nominated for 2014 FIFA Women's World Player of the year
  • Current FIFA world ranking: #5
Game Day Notes: Switzerland vs. Cameroon Switzerland and Cameroon are meeting for the first time at any level. This is the last game between newcomers in the opening round. Switzerland
  • Currently second in Group C with three points – lost their first game 1-0 to Japan and won their second game against Ecuador 10-1
  • Fabienne Humm scored the fastest hat trick in FIFA Women’s World Cup history in just five minutes in the 10-1 win over Ecuador
  • The last FIFA Women’s World Cup newcomer to progress from the group stage was Russia in 1999. England, in 1995, is the only other newcomer to progress from the group stage (excluding 1991 when all teams were debutants).
  • Previously the only Swiss national women's side to qualify for a FIFA finals tournament was the U-20 team, losing every game in 2006, 2010, and 2012
  • Switzerland won nine of 10 games, and drew the other, in qualifying for FIFA Women's World Cup
  • Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg participated in three FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments as a player
  • Current FIFA World Ranking: #19
Cameroon
  • Currently in third place in Group C with three points – won opening game against Ecuador 6-0 and lost second game against Japan 2-1
  • The 6-0 win over Ecuador was the biggest win by an African side at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the biggest win by any debutant in their first match
  • Became the first team to be awarded three penalties in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match in their 6-0 win against Ecuador
  • Only three African sides had taken part in the FIFA Women's World Cup, but Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire are added this year
  • This is only the second FIFA tournament of any kind for Cameroon. Previously they lost both opening-round games in the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Current FIFA world ranking: #53
Game Day Notes: Ecuador vs. Japan Ecuador and Japan are meeting for the first time in a senior women’s international fixture. Japan has qualified for the Round of 16. Ecuador
  • Currently last in Group C with 0 points – lost their first match 6-0 to Cameroon and second match 10-1 against Switzerland
  • Have conceded the most goals of the tournament at 16
  • Angie Ponce became the first player to score two own goals in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match. In the same game, Ponce scored Ecuador’s first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup goal.
  • Became the first team to concede three penalties in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match (in 6-0 loss to Cameroon)
  • The fourth South American side to qualify for the finals in the competition’s history after Argentina (who are not in Canada), Brazil and Colombia
  • This is Ecuador’s first FIFA women’s finals tournament at any level
  • Last of 24 teams to qualify for 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
  • At the age of 26 years and four months old, Vanessa Arauz became the youngest-ever coach in the FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Current FIFA world ranking: #48
Japan
  • Currently in first place in Group C with six points – won second game of the tournament 2-1 over Cameroon and won opening game 1-0 over Switzerland
  • All three of Japan’s goals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup have been scored in the first half-hour
  • On her 200thsenior international cap, Homare Sawa became the first player to feature at six World Cup finals (Brazil’s Formiga equalled the feat a day later)
  • Forward Kozue Ando fractured her ankle in the opening match
  • Japan has played 20 FIFA Women’s World Cup group stages matches (7W/2D/11L)
  • Japan is the reigning FIFA Women's World Cup champion – beat the USA in 2011 in a penalty kick shootout
  • Reigning Asian Football Confederation (AFC) champion
  • Lost to USA in the London 2012 Olympic Games final
  • Only AFC team to have won the FIFA Women's World Cup and only AFC team to have participated in all seven editions of FIFA Women's World Cup
  • Aya Miyama and Nahomi Kawasumi were nominated for 2014 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
  • Current FIFA World Ranking: #4