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Women's World Cup: Australia vs. Nigeria

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. 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.

Australia's forward Samantha Kerr (R) and Nigeria's defender
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Australia's forward Samantha Kerr (R) and Nigeria's defender Osinachi Ohale vie for the ball during their Group D match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Australia's Kyah Simon (17) and Nigeria's Ugo Njoku
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Australia's Kyah Simon (17) and Nigeria's Ugo Njoku (15) vie for the ball during a FIFA Women's World Cup game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday, June 12, 2015.

Australia's forward Kyah Simon (L) celebrates scoring her
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Australia's forward Kyah Simon (L) celebrates scoring her second goal against Nigeria during their Group D match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Australia defeated Nigeria 2-0. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Australia's forward Samantha Kerr kicks the ball at
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Australia's forward Samantha Kerr kicks the ball at Nigeria's goal post during their Group D match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Samantha Kerr #20
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WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Samantha Kerr #20 of Australia attempts a shot on goal against Osinachi Ohale #3 of Nigeria during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 match between Australia and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nigeria's midfielder Halimatu Ayinde (R) vies for the
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Nigeria's midfielder Halimatu Ayinde (R) vies for the ball with Australia's defender Elise Kellong Knight during their Group D match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Australia defeated Nigeria 2-0. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Goalkeeper Precious Dede
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WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Goalkeeper Precious Dede #1 of Nigeria saves the ball in front of Josephine Chukwunonye #6 and Kyah Simon #17 of Australia during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 match between Australia and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Tameka Butt #13
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WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Tameka Butt #13 of Australia battles for a header against Ngozi Okobi #13 of Nigeria during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 match between Australia and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Australia's forward Kyah Simon (2nd-R) celebrates with her
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Australia's forward Kyah Simon (2nd-R) celebrates with her teammates after scoring her second goal against Nigeria during their Group D match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Australia defeated Nigeria 2-0. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Kyah Simon #17
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WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 12: Kyah Simon #17 of Australia celebrates her second goal past goalkeeper Precious Dede #1 of Nigeria with teammates during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 match between Australia and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 12, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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