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Women's World Cup Day 6 Open Thread

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Steph Catley and Australia kick off the action, while Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and the United States face off against former coach Pia Sundhage and Sweden.

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Groups C and D are back in action this afternoon, as Australia and Nigeria kick off the action at 2:00pm, Switzerland faces Ecuador at 4:00pm, the United States and Sweden face off at 5:00pm, and Japan and Cameroon close out the day at 7:00pm.

Steph Catley and Australia comes in the match off a strong performance in the first half, only to see the United States' superior conditioning turn things in the second half and tactical shifts give the US a 3-1 win, while Nigeria had a strong performance against Sweden, earning a point against a strong Swedish side that has aspirations of making it well beyond the Group stage.

Switzerland held their own against 2011 champions Japan, only to see the opponent score the game-winner on a penalty kick in their World Cup debut, while Ecuador was routed by Cameroon in their opener 6-0.

The United States may have beaten Australia in their opener, but it was less a than impressive for a team hoping to add a third star above their crest, struggling to find much of an attack in the first half, with their opening goal coming off a deflection.  Tobin Heath came on in the second half, opening up the US attack as the Australians wore down, while Alex Morgan saw time in her first competitive match since April late in the second half, taking a shot at goal with her first touch of the ball.  Sweden, led by former US coach Pia Sundhage, comes in to match after a disappointing opener, that saw them take the lead twice, only to have it equalized by a relentless Nigerian side that never stopped pressing, settling for a 3-3 draw.

Japan may have come away victorious in their first match, but they have to be disappointed withe their performance overall, relying on a penalty to give themselves a win, while conceding the majority of possession to the Swiss, the hallmark of their 2011 run.  Cameroon couldn't have had a better World Cup debut, running over Ecuador 6-0, netting a hat-trick from Gaelle Enganamouit, who scored on one of three penalties called in their favor.

Australia vs. Nigeria

Kickoff: 2:00pm

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Switzerland vs. Ecuador

Kickoff: 4:00pm

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United States vs. Sweden

Kickoff: 5:00pm

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Japan vs. Cameroon

Kickoff: 7:00pm

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