World Cup: Key Statistical Takeaways From Day 9

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Abby Wambach netted the eventual game-winning goal against Nigeria, pausing afterward to lift teammate Megan Rapinoe... who picked up her first assist of the Women's World Cup with Wambach's goal.

Throughout the Women's World Cup, ESPN Stats & Information will provide daily breakdowns and analysis of the day's action.

Notes from the U.S. 1-0 win over Nigeria

* By beating Nigeria 1-0, the United States finished atop its group for the sixth time, tied with Germany for most in Women's World Cup history. The U.S. and Germany are also the only countries to advance to the knockout stage at all seven editions of the Women's World Cup.

* Abby Wambach scored her 14th Women's World Cup goal, tying Birgit Prinz for second-most ever, behind only Marta (15). Wambach becomes the fourth American to score at four Women's World Cups, joining Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Julie Foudy.

* Wambach also became the second-oldest American woman to score in a Women's World Cup at 35 years, 14 days old. Lilly is the oldest, at 36 years and 62 days in 2007.

* Christie Rampone entered the game for the United States in the 80th minute, and at 39 years and 357 days, she is the oldest player in Women's World Cup history. She also became the fifth player to play in five Women's World Cups and the second American to do so, joining Lilly.

* Megan Rapinoe provided her first assist of the World Cup, taking the corner kick that led to Wambach's goal just before halftime. Rapinoe has now played in nine Women's World Cup games and has scored or assisted on a goal in six of them.

* The United States had its best passing game of the tournament against Nigeria, with tournament highs in completed passes (418), completion percentage (80.4) and chances created (11).

* The United States has now won all five games against Nigeria by a combined score of 17-2, with all five meetings coming in major tournament group stages.

* The U.S. next plays on Monday in Edmonton, against a third-place team from Group B, E or F. The most likely opponent is the England-Colombia loser, or England if the game is a draw.

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