THE DAY REPLAYED – An action-packed, goal-filled matchday three saw wins for both 2011 finalists, while Africa’s two teams in action enjoyed strong showings. USA started their campaign amid strong cross-border support and the Stars and Stripes were forced to work overtime before prevailing 3-1 against Australia, thanks to an inspired two-goal showing from Megan Rapinoe. Holders Japan were less impressive in edging a 1-0 win over new faces Switzerland.
African champions Nigeria played with verve to peg back a slow start and share six goals with Sweden in a classic encounter. Meanwhile, Cameroon shone brightly in hitting six unanswered goals past fellow debutants Ecuador.