Holders Japan advance, USA held in Women's World Cup

Japan's Yuika Sugasawa and Cameroon's Augustine Ejangue compete for the ball during their FIFA Women's World Cup Group C match, at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on June 12, 2015Defending champions Japan became the first team to advance to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup on Friday as the United States’ progress was stalled by a goalless draw with Sweden. Aya Sameshima and Yuika Sugasawa sealed Japan’s 2-1 win over Group C rivals Cameroon in Vancouver, seeing the Nadeshiko through to the knockout stage with a game to spare. Japan have six points from two games, having also beaten Switzerland 1-0, with the Swiss on three after whipping Ecuador 10-1 on Friday.

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