The Big Picture

Women’s World Cup 2015

The Women’s World Cup is underway across Canada with 24 nations vying to make the title game on July 5. The finalists from 2011, Japan and the United States, both won in their opening round games.--By Lloyd Young
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England's defender Laura Bassett (left) vies with France's midfielder Camille Abily during a Group F match at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup between France and England at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick on June 9, 2015. France won 1-0. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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Colombia's midfielder Daniela Montoya (left) celebrates her goal during a Group F match at the World Cup match between Colombia and Mexico at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Canada, on June 9. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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England's forward Ellen White (center) kicks the ball in front France's midfielder Camille Abily (center) during a Group F match between France and England at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick on June 9. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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Canadian fans Taylor (left) and Vern Wells before the game between Canada and China in the Group A soccer match at Commonwealth Stadium on June 6. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)
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Costa Rica's Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno (second right) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Spain during the first half of a World Cup soccer match in Montreal, Canada, on June 9. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via Associted Press)
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Switzerland forward Lara Dickenmann (left) and Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu head the ball during a Group C soccer match between Switzerland and Japan at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on June 8. (Andy Clark/AFP/Getty Images)
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Linda Sembrant (3) of Sweden reacts after scoring the third goal against goalkeeper Precious Dede (1) and Ngozi Ebere (23) of Nigeria during a Group D match between Sweden and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Colombia midfielder Angela Clavijo (13) goes up for a header against Mexico forward Charlyn Corral (9) during the first half in a Group F soccer at Moncton Stadium on June 9. (Matt Kryger/USA Today Sports )
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Isabell Herlovsen of Norway celebrates with team mates as she scores their third goal during a Group B match between Norway and Thailand at Lansdowne Stadium on June 7, in Ottawa, Canada. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
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France's forward Eugenie Le Sommer (right) is congratuled by France's forward Gaetane Thiney after scoring a goal during a Group F match between France and England at Moncton Stadium on June 9. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mexico midfielder Veronica Perez (not pictured) scores a goal past Colombia goalkeeper Stefany Castano (1) during the first half in a Group F soccer match at Moncton Stadium on June 9. (Matt Kryger/USA Today Sports)
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Mexico's forward Stephany Mayor eyes the ball during a Group F match at the Women's World Cup between Colombia and Mexico at Moncton Stadium on June 9. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago (left) Nayell Ranger, second from left, and Christina Murillo, second from right, battle for the ball with Colombia's Diana Ospina and Natalia Gaitan (right) during the first half of a World Cup soccer match in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, on June 9. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)
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Midfielder Megan Rapinoe of the United States celebrates scoring a goal during the Group D match of the Women's World Cup between the United States and Australia at the Winnipeg Stadium on June 8. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
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England's defender Claire Rafferty controls the ball during a Group F match betweem France and England at Moncton Stadium on June 9. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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Switzerland defender Rachel Rinast (4) and Switzerland midfielder Lia Waelti (9) react after their game against Japan in a Group C soccer match at BC Place Stadium. Japan won 1-0. (Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports)
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Christine Sinclair (12) of Canada reacts after scoring the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick in the final minutes against China during a Group A match between Canada and China at Commonwealth Stadium on June 6. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri (18) of Australia makes a save in the second half against the United States during the Group D match at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Lauren Holiday (12) of the United States receives a yellow card in the second half against Australia during the Group D match at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alina Garciamendez (4) of Mexico and the rest of her teammates stop a shot by Catalina Usme (11) of Colombia during a Group F match at Moncton Stadium on June 9. (Elsa)
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France's Camille Abily (right) in action against England's Jill Scott during the Group F match between France and England, in Moncton, Canada, on June 9. (CJ Gunther/EPA)
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Cameroon forward Madeleine Ngono Mani (9) scores a goal past Ecuador goalkeeper Shirley Berruz (1) and midfielder Kerlly Real (19) during the first half in a Group C soccer match at BC Place Stadium on June 8. (Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports)
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Germany's Celia Sasic celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Group B soccer match between Germany and Ivory Coast in Ottawa, Canada, on June 17. (Carmen Jaspersen/EPA)
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