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Aya Miyama's penalty lifts Japan past Switzerland, 1-0

Aya Miyama's penalty lifts Japan past Switzerland, 1-0
Switzerland's Lara Dickenmann, center, takes a shot as Switzerland's Ramona Bachmann, right, and Japan's Homare Sawa, left, chases during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 on Monday. (NICK DIDLICK / EPA)

Aya Miyama scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute as defending Women's World Cup champion Japan opened with a 1-0 win over newcomer Switzerland in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday night.

Miyama's penalty, on a low shot to the left side of the goal, came after Swiss goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann was given a yellow card following a collision with Japan's Kozue Ando inside the box. Yuki Ogimi set up the run by Ando with a chip over the Switzerland defense.

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Ramona Bachmann, who had several quality runs on goal in the second half for Switzerland, had an open shot in the box in the final minute of stoppage time — pushing the ball just over the goal.

Japan plays Cameroon on Friday, while Switzerland faces Ecuador.

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