CHENGDU, China (AP) Cynthia Uwak's goal in the 82nd minute lifted Nigeria to a 1-1 draw with favored Sweden in an opening game of Group B of the women's World Cup on Tuesday.
Uwak pounced on a failed clearing attempt and her shot from 20
yards out beat Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
Victoria Svensson's goal in the 50th minute gave Sweden a 1-0
lead, which seemed it would be enough for the victory. Taking a
pass, Svensson broke in alone on goalie Precious Dede and scored
from 10 yards out.
The draw in Group B leaves all four teams with one point. The
United States and North Korea drew 2-2 in the other Group B game
Sweden dominated the first half and came close to scoring twice. In the second minute, top striker Hanna Ljungberg hit the
crossbar. In the 34th, Svensson also hit the bar. The rebound came
down on the goal line, with TV replays showing it failed to cross
The Nigerians posed little threat for most of the game with the
Swedes dominating possession and overall shots, but pressed forward
more in the last 10 minutes and came up with the tying goal.
Group B is regarded as the toughest in the 16-team World Cup,
with the top two teams advancing to meet the qualifiers from Group
A, where Germany is the favorite.