Standings after two matches apiece

Through 15 September, all 16 teams have played their first two matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007. Here is a group-by-group look at the standings.

Through 15 September, all 16 teams have played their first two matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007. Here is a group-by-group look at the standings.



Group A (W-D-L/Pts)

Deutschland 1-1-0/4

Japan 1-1-0/4

England 0-2-0/2

Argentina 0-0-2/0



On 14 September in Shanghai, Japan defeated Argentina (as expected) and England surprised Deutschland in a 0:0 draw. England captain Faye White, who played this summer in Canada for the Ottawa Fury, was the player of the match.



Group B (W-D-L/Pts)

DPR Korea 1-1-0/4

United States 1-1-0/4

Nigeria 0-1-1/1

Sweden 0-1-1/1



On 14 September in Chengdu, the Americans and North Koreans each won their match 2:0. American Abby Wambach scored two goals against Sweden (Sverige) while North Koreans Kim Kyong-Hwa and Ri Kum-Suk both scored against Nigeria.



Group C (W-D-L/Pts)

Australia 1-1-0/4

Norway 1-1-0/4

Canada 1-0-1/3

Ghana 0-0-2/0



Canada’s Christine Sinclair scored twice on 15 September in Hangzhou in a 4:0 victory over Ghana. Sophie Schmidt and Martina Franko each scored their first FIFA Women’s World Cup goals. Norway (Norge) and Australia, meanwhile, played to a 1:1 draw. Ragnhild Gulbrandsen scored early in the first half while sub Lisa De Vanna scored the equaliser in the second half.



Group D (W-D-L/Pts)

Brasil 2-0-0/6

Denmark 1-0-1/3

PR China 1-0-1/3

New Zealand 0-0-2/0



Brasil won 4:0 on 15 September in Wuhan, improving their record to a tournament-best 2-0-0. Cristiane and FIFA World Player of the Year Marta each scored two goals in the victory over hosts PR China. Danmark, meanwhile, won their match 2:0 over New Zealand with goals from Katrine Pedersen and Cathrine Paaske Sorensen.

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