Group C / Women's World Cup

Group C: Switzerland routs Ecuador, Japan clinch Round of 16th berth

Japan became the first team to clinch a place in the knockout stage after defeating Cameroon, 2-1, Friday night.

Japan scored twice in the first 17 minutes before Cameroon attempted to mount a comeback.

Aya Sameshima lifted Japan to an early lead in the sixth minute when, unmarked at the back post, she finished a cross from Naho Kawasumi. Just over ten minutes later Yuika Sugasawa headed in a cross from Aya Miyama to double Japan’s lead.

Ajara Nchout scored Cameroon’s lone goal in the 90th minute. Nchout beat her Japanese defender to the ball and finished it at the near post. Cameroon increased their pressure but missed their last chance when Gaelle Engamouit, the heroine of Cameroon’s victory against Ecuador, had her stoppage time header go just wide.

Withstanding heavy pressure from Switzerland and Cameroon in the tail end of games, the Japanese backline has been key to Japan earning six points in two games. Japan coach Norio Sasaki praised the defense saying, “We were solid at the back today. It was a tight and pretty intense game and we managed to get something out of it, even if we were a little bit hesitant at times in the second half. The Cameroonians are quick on their feet and physically tough and they threw everything at us in the closing stages.”

Cameroon is likely to advance to the Round of 16 in one of the four third-place berths, thanks to its favorable goal differential and three points. The Swiss are the favorites for their final match, but even with a loss, Cameroon will likely become the first African nation outside of Nigeria to qualify for the knockout round.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t pick up a point because it would have been useful, though I’m happy with our performance because we’ve shown what we’re capable of, especially after the break,” Cameroon head coach Enow Ngachu said. “It would be fantastic for our country to reach the last 16 and we’ll be giving our all to make that happen, though the match we’ve got coming up against Switzerland will be very tough.”

FiveThirtyEight’s model gives Cameroon a 99.7% chance of advancing.

Japan (2-0-0; 6 pts) vs Cameroon (1-1-0; 3 pts)
June 12 2015- BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada

Scoring by Period 1 2 F
Japan                           2 0 2
Cameroon                   0 1 1

Scoring Summary

JPN:  Aya Sameshima 6’
JPN:  Yuika Sugasawa 17’
CMR:  Ajara Nchout 90’

Misconduct Summary:
CMR:  Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck (caution) 43’

Lineups

JPN: Ayumi Kaihori, Yukari Kinga, Azusa Iwashimizu, Saki Kumagai, Aya Sameshima, Mizuho Sakaguch (Homare Sawa 64’) i, Aya Miyama, Nahomi Kawasumi (Shinobu Ohno 55’) , Rumi Utsugi, Yuika Sugasawa (Megumi Kamionobe 85’), Yuki Ogimi

CMR: Annette Ngo Ndom, Christine Mani, Yvonne Leuko, Gabrielle Onguene (Augustine Ejangue 72’), Raissa Feudjio, Madeleine Ngono Mani (Ajara Nchout 62’), Jeannette Tango, Claudine Meffometou Tcheno, Cathy Bou Ndjouh, Gaelle Enganamouit, Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck (Francine Zouga 46’)

Switzerland 10, Ecuador 1

There was yet another rout of Ecuador when Switzerland defeated its fellow World Cup debutante, 10-1. It was also the second time this tournament there have been dual hat tricks.

Fabienne Humm scored three goals in five minutes to record the fastest hat trick ever in a Women’s World Cup.

Ecuador’s Angie Ponce scored the lone goal for Ecuador on a 64th-minute penalty kick. It was Ponce’s third goal in the game, but two of them were own goals, including Switzerland’s first ever World Cup goal in the 24th minute.

Switzerland is the first team, aside from 1991, to get its first Women’s World Cup goal from an own goal.

The Swiss pounded in eight goals during the second half. Ramona Bachmann, who dazzled fans with a run against Japan, tallied twice in just over minute to start the second half. She added a third goal late in the second half for the hat trick.

Ecuador has struggled to attack and has yet to score in the run of play. Monica Quinteros looked dangerous on occasion, but again, was unable to generate anything within the attack.

Ecuador head coach Vanessa Arauz cited the game and the team’s performance this World Cup as an example of the need for stronger development in Ecuador to match the training conditions of its European counterparts.

“What we need is a stronger domestic league so we can be more competitive when we make it to major competitions. This is a low for us, but the goal we scored shows me that the work we’re doing counts for now and the future, even if it didn’t give us any hope in the match itself.” she said. “Every single game is part of our growth process, and that includes the last match too. We’re picking up experience in tough times and we need to lift ourselves so we can have some good times in the future too.”

Switzerland (1-1-0; 3pts) vs Ecuador (0-2-0; 0 pts)
June 12 2015- BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada

Scoring by Period 1 2 F
Switzerland                2 8 10
Ecuador                      0 1 0

Scoring Summary

SUI:  Angie Ponce (OG) 24’
SUI:  Eseosa Aigbogun 45+2
SUI:  Fabienne Humm 47’
SUI:  Fabienne Humm 49’
SUI:  Fabienne Humm 52’
SUI:  Ramona Bachmann 60’ (PEN)
SUI:  Ramona Bachmann 61’
ECU:  Angie Ponce (PEN) 64’
SUI:  Angie Ponce (OG) – 71′
SUI:  Martina Moser 76’
SUI:  Ramona Bachmann 81’

Lineups:

SUI: Gaelle Thalmann, Rachel Rinast, Noelle Martitz (Nicole Remund 57’), Martina Moser, Lua Waelti, Ramona Bachmann, Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, Rahel Kiwic (Selina Kuster 72’), Caroline Abbe (Cinzia Zehnder 51’), Fabienne Humm, Eseosa Aigbogun

ECU:  Shirley Berruz, Katherine Ortiz (alexandra Salvador 46’), Nancy Aguilar, Mayra Olvera, Angie Ponce, Ingrid Rodriguez, Monica Quinteros, Ana Palacios (Adriana Barre 69’), Kerlly Real, Denise Pesantes, Mabel Velarde (Erika Vasquez 79’)

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