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Kyah Simon leads Australia to 2-0 win over Nigeria in group game

Kyah Simon leads Australia to 2-0 win over Nigeria in group game
Australia strikerKyah Simon chips a shot past Nigeriagoalkeeper Precious Dede for a goal in the first half of their Women's World Cup gorup game on Friday. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Kyah Simon scored twice to lead Australia to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in a group stage match Friday at the Women's World Cup.

Simon beat Nigeria goalkeeper Precious Dede on a feed from Lisa De Vanna to put the Matildas up 1-0 in the 29th minute. She then found herself unguarded in the front of the goal to put away Samantha Kerr's arcing cross in the 68th minute.

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Australia, ranked No. 10 in the world, fell 3-1 to the second-ranked United States in its Group D opener.

The Matildas have been to six World Cups, with a best finish of sixth in 2007.

Nigeria, ranked No. 33, surprised fifth-ranked Sweden in the opener, coming back from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-3 tie.

The perennial African champion Super Falcons have been to all seven Women's World Cups. Their best finish was a quarterfinal appearance in 1999.

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