U.S. Women Play to Scoreless Tie With Sweden at World Cup Soccer

The U.S. played to a 0-0 tie against Sweden in the second group stage match for the teams at the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament in Canada. Defending champion Japan was a 2-0 winner against Cameroon.

Facing former coach Pia Sundhage on Friday night in Winnipeg, the U.S. women got their best scoring chance in the 72nd minute when second-half substitute Abby Wambach’s header was knocked over the crossbar by the Swedish goaltender.

American defender Meghan Klingenberg had a key save five minutes later to keep the game scoreless, deflecting a Sweden shot off the crossbar.

The U.S. had won its first game 3-1 against Australia in Group D four days earlier, while Sweden had a 3-3 draw against Nigeria. The American team, which could have clinched a spot in the next round with a victory, plays Nigeria in its final group match on June 16.

Australia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Friday in Winnipeg, while Japan topped Cameroon by the same score in Vancouver. Also in Group C with Japan, Switzerland routed Ecuador 10-1.