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#WorldCupNOW: Defense stout, offense needs to finish in knockout rounds

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By: Brianna Fischer

The USWNT played Nigeria Tuesday evening in their final group play game. The U.S. only beat Nigeria, ranked 33rd by FIFA rankings, by a final 1-0. The silver lining is the Americans played much better than they did against Sweden.

The U.S. had an attacking style of play against Nigeria, taking double the amount of shots 14-7. Their offense could still use some work finishing, only scoring one goal with seven shots on target, but overall there were many great chances created. Abby Wambach scored on a corner kick right before the end of the first half. The goal wasn't her famous header but still a beautiful volley finish with her feet.

The biggest strength of the USWNT this World Cup has been the backline. The defense allowed two shots on goal and Nigeria only developed one threat where defender Julie Johnston had to recover quickly and clear the threat from the box.

The U.S. will need to improve their play in the knockout round if they want to make it to the finals. Despite winning this World Cup's 'Group of Death' four goals in three matches will not be enough offensively. The offensive attack took a step forward against Nigeria, but the next step is finishing the opportunities.

Up next for the USWNT is the Round of 16 match against Colombia Monday night at 8 p.m. Colombia, ranked 28th in FIFA rankings, finished third in Group F, behind England and France.

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