Statistical review of day one

June, 26, 2011

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup opened play on Sunday with two Group A matches, with host and defending champion Germany topping Canada, 2-1, and France defeating Nigeria, 1-0. Here are some interesting statistical storylines relating to Day 1 action.

•  The only goal of the first match at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was scored by France's Marie-Laure Delie in the 56th minute -- her 22nd career goal in 21 career games -- and was assisted by Louisa Necib as Nigeria drops to 1-4-1 in WWC openers. Delie has the most career goals on France's squad.

•  France picked up its second Women's World Cup win in a game that matched the lowest scoring opening match in WWC history (Brazil's 1-0 victory over Sweden in 1995). Both of France's wins have been by a 1-0 score (also a 2003 group-stage victory over South Korea).

•  With goals from Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, Germany now has 86 total Women's World Cup goals, passing the United States for most in tournament history.

•  Canada held 51 percent of the possession for the match, but Germany had 18 more shot attempts on goal than Canada. Germany's improved second-half passing (70.0 percent) allowed it to create plenty of scoring chances. (Its passing rate was at just 55.4 percent in the first half.)

•  Christine Sinclair's 82nd-minute free-kick goal ended Germany's record shutout streak at 679 minutes of Women's World Cup play without conceding. It was her seventh goal in 10 career WWC matches and 117th career goal.



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