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Norway begins defense by beating Russia 2-1.

First Round
Group C

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Sunday, June 20, 1999) -- Norway started defense of its world championship, getting a goal and an assist from Marianne Pettersen, then holding on for a 2-1 victory over Russia in the Women’s World Cup opener today before 14,873 at Foxboro Stadium.

The Norwegians lost to the United States in the first World Cup title game in 1991 and beat the Americans in the 1995 semifinals en route to the crown.

Brit Sandaune scored in the 28th minute and Pettersen made it 2-0 in the 68th.

Galina Komarova connected for Russia in the 78th minute to narrow the deficit to 2-1.

Norway outshot Russia 28-6 and Norwegian goalkeeper Bente Nordby made just one save.

Sandaune's shot just made it over the goal line after she chipped it over keeper Svetlana Petko. Pettersen set it up with a header from the top of the box.

On the second goal as Sandaune made a long crossing pass into the box, where Russian defender Natalia Karasseva headed it away. But it went right to Pettersen, who rolled it in from about six yards.

Norway 2
Russia 1
Norway - Brit Sandaune (1) 17;
Norway - Marianne Pettersen (1) 68;
Russia - Galina Komarova (1) 77.

Lineups: Norway - Bente Nordby, Brit Sandaune, Goril Kringen, Linda Medalen, Anne Nymark Anderson, Silje Jorgensen, Hege Riise, Monica Knudsen (Anita Rapp 86), Marianne Pettersen, Ranghild Gulbrandsen (Dagny Mellgren 76), Unni Lehn (Tone Gunn Frutsol 61); Russia - Svetlana Petko, Marina Bourakova, Natalia Karasseva, Tatiana Tcheverda, Natalia Flippova, Tatiana Egorova, Alexandra Svetlitzkaia (Elena Fomina 84), Irina Grigorieva, Olga Karesseva (Galina Komarova 45), Natalia Barbachina, Olga Letuchova (Larissa Savina 73).

Shots: Norway 28, Russia 6. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Norway 12, Russia 1. Fouls: Norway 7, Russia 3. Offside: Norway 4, Russia 2. Yellow card caution: none.

Referee: Zuo Xiudi (China). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 14,873 at Foxboro Stadium, in Boston, Mass. Weather: n/a.

Australia 1, Ghana 1
First Round
Group D

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Down one goal and one player, Ghana got a tally from Nanan Gyamfua in the 76th minute and tied Australia 1-1 before 14,873 at Foxboro Stadium.

Gyamfua’s score came just two minutes after Julie Murray found net for Australia.

The tournament is especially significant to Australia where the Summer Olympics will be held next year. As host, the Matildas receive one of the eight berths. But if they are not among the eight World Cup quarterfinalists, one of those teams will not get an Olympic spot.

Ghana was reduced to 10 players when Barikiso Tettey-Quao was shown the first red card of the tournament in the 25th minute when she tackled Joanne Peters from behind.

Ghana would not have been in a position to tie if it weren’t for goalkeeper Memunatu Sulemana who made one good save after another until Murray scored on a chip shot over the diving Sulemana from about 10 yards on the right.

But, less than two minutes later, Vivian Mensah shot from the left side and goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler slapped it to the right, where Gyamfua waited. Wheeler tried to get to the other side, but was too late as Gyamfua converted the rebound.

Australia 1
Ghana 1
Australia - Julie Murray (1) 74;
Ghana - Nana Gyamfua (1) 76.

Lineups: Australia - Tracy Wheeler, Bridgette Starr, Sarah Cooper, Traci Barlett, Dianne Alagich, Angela Iannotta (Lisa Casagrande 59), Sharon Black, Joanne Peters (Kelly Golebiowski 89), Alison Forman, Cheryl Salisbury, Julie Murray; Ghana - Memunatu Sulemana, Patience Sackey, Rita Yeboah, Regina Ansah, Elizabeth Baidu, Bankisu Tettey-Quao, Genevive Clottery, Mavis Dzangmah (Sheila Okai 32, Nana Gyamfua 65), Alberta Sackey, Vivian Mensah, Adjoa Baylor (Lydia Ankrah 79).

Shots: Australia 26, Ghana 13. Saves: Australia - n/a, Ghana - Sulemana 11. Corner kicks: Australia 5, Ghana 0. Fouls: Australia 11, Ghana 13. Offside: Australia 7, Ghana 4. Yellow card caution: Australia - Casagrande 60, Bartlett 92; Ghana - Ansah 4, Yeboah 11, Sackey 15, Clottery 80. Red card ejection: Ghana - Quao 26.

Referee: Kari Seitz (United States). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 14,873 at Foxboro Stadium, in Boston, Mass. Weather: n/a.

Germany 1, Italy
First Round
Group B

PASADENA, Calif. -- Bettina Wiegmann converted a penalty kick in the 61sth minute to allow Germany to salvage a 1-1 tie with Italy before 17,102 at the Rose Bowl.

Germany, which fell to Norway in the 1995 world championship game, fell behind 1-0 in the 36th minute when Patrizia Panico netted a 25-yard free kick after she was fouled by Doris Fitschen.

In the second half, however, Italian defender Roberta Stefanelli tackled Birgit Prinz hard in the box, missing the ball and leading to Wiegmann’s penalty kick. Wiegmann, who now has five world championship tournament penalty conversions, beat goalkeeper Gioriga Brenzan with a low, hard shot into the right corner.

Germany outshot Italy 23-10, but Brenzan made 10 saves to keep the Italians in the match.

Germany 1
Italy 1
Italy - Patrizia Panico (1) (Carta) 36;
Germany - Bettina Weigmann (1) (penalty kick) 61.

Lineups: Germany - Silke Rottenberg, Ariane Hingst, Kerstin Stegemann, Steffi Jones, Doris Fitschen, Sandra Smisek, Bettina Wiegmann, Maren Meinert (Monika Meyer 82), Pia Wunderlich (Renate Lingor 86), Inka Grings, Brigit Prinz; Italy - Giorgia Brenzan, Luisa Marchio, Daniela Tavalazzi, Anno Duo', Roberta Stefanelli, Adele Frollani (Paola Zanni 71), Frederica D'astolfo, Patrizia Panico, Manuela Tesse (Damiana Deiana 68), Rita Guarino (Silvia Fiorini 45).

Shots: Germany 23, Italy 10. Saves: Germany - n/a, Italy - Brenzan 11. Corner kicks: Germany 10, Italy 3. Fouls: Germany 16, Italy 19. Offside: Germany 2, Italy 4. Yellow card caution: Italy - D'astolfo 32.

Referee: Elizabeth Bola Abidoye (Nigeria). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 17,102 at the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena, Calif. Weather: n/a.

Nigeria 2, North Korea 1
First Round
Group A

PASADENA, Calif. -- Mercy Akide scored once and assisted on the go-ahead goal for Nigeria, which opened with a 2-1 victory over North Korea before 17,102 at the Rose Bowl.

Nigeria next faces the United States Thursday night in Chicago.

Akide, who put Nigeria ahead 1-0 in the 50th minute, fed Rita Nwadike for a goal to snap a 1-1 tie in the 79th minute. Akide took the pass on the right side and carried toward near post before passing across the goal mouth to Nwadike who had no trouble putting her shot into open net.

Eight minutes earlier, Song Ok Jo had tied it for North Korea, kicking in a hard crossing pass from Jong Ran Jo.

Akide's earlier goal came on a shot from a difficult angle near the goal line with the ball slipping through the hands of keeper Yong Sun Kye.

Nigeria 2
North Korea 1
Nigeria - Mercy Akide (1) 50;
North Korea - Jo Song Ok (1) 74;
Nigeria - Rita Nwadike (1) 79.

Lineups: North Korea - Kye Yong Sun, Yun In Sil, Kim Sun Hui, Kim Hye Ran, Ri Ae Hyong, Sol Yong Suk (Ri Kyong Ae 35), Kim Kum Sil (Pak Jong Ae 61), Ri Hyang Ok, Jin Pyol Hui, Jo Song Ok; Nigeria - Ann Chiejine, Yinka Kudaisa (Adanna Nwaneri 86), Ebrechi Opara, Kikelomo, Prisca Emeafu, Nkiru Okosieme, Florence Omagbemi, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejene (Nkechi Egbe 70), Mercy Akide, Rita Nwadike, Patience Avre.

Shots: North Korea 14, Nigeria 17. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: North Korea 7, Nigeria 3. Fouls: North Korea 15, Nigeria 28. Offside: North Korea 5, Nigeria 1. Yellow card caution: North Korea - Ok 1, Suk 5, Hui 88, Nigeria - Opara 81, Nwaneri 88, Akide 90.

Referee: Katriina Elovirta (Finland). Assistant referees: Comfort Cofie(Ghana), Maria Rodriguez Roman (Mexico). Attendance: 17,102 at the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena, Calif. Weather: n/a.

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