Women’s World Cup: Americans play Sweden to 0-0 draw in Group D _lowres

Canadian Press photo by JOHN WOODS -- Sweden's Therese Sjogran (15) and United States' Sydney Leroux chase down the ball during first-half action in a Women's World Cup soccer game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Friday. The teams played to a 0-0 draw.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The United States played to a 0-0 tie with Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage Friday night in one of the most anticipated matches of the group stage at the Women’s World Cup.

Abby Wambach came off the bench in the second half, but her header in the 72nd minute was popped up and over the crossbar by Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

A win would have assured the United States a spot in the knockout round as the Americans seek their third World Cup title, but first since 1999. The U.S. women advanced to the final four years ago in Germany, but fell to Japan on penalty kicks.

The United States, ranked No. 2 in the world, has one more group stage match, on Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia, against Nigeria. Sweden heads to Edmonton, Alberta, for its final group match with Australia. The monthlong tournament, with an expanded field of 24 teams, is being played across six Canadian cities.

AUSTRALIA 2, NIGERIA 0: Kyah Simon scored twice to lead Australia in a group stage match.

Simon beat Nigeria goalkeeper Precious Dede on a feed from Lisa De Vanna to put the Matildas up 1-0 in the 29th minute. She then found herself unguarded in the front of the goal to put away Samantha Kerr’s arcing cross in the 68th minute.

Australia, ranked No. 10 in the world, fell 3-1 to the second-ranked United States in its Group D opener.

SWITZERLAND 10, ECUADOR 1: In Vancouver, British Columbia, Fabienne Humm and Ramona Bachmann both had second-half hat tricks as Switzerland earned its first women’s World Cup victory.

Humm’s three goals came within 6 minutes early in the second half, the first coming on a powerful strike from outside the penalty box in the 47th minute to put Switzerland up 3-0.

Bachmann capped her scoring binge in the 81st minute for Switzerland’s 10th goal. Eseosa Aigbogun and Martina Moser added goals for Switzerland, which opened with a 1-0 defeat to defending champion Japan on Monday.

Angie Ponce scored Ecuador’s first World Cup goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute.

Switzerland (1-1) faces Cameroon in its final group stage match on Tuesday, while Ecuador (0-2) takes on Japan.