x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Sweden join Australia into Women's World Cup quarter-finals

Sweden defeat the US 2-1 while Australia shock the former world champions Norway to book their place in the last-eight.

BERLIN // Australia join Sweden, the USA and Brazil in the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup after the Matildas sent the former champions Norway home with a shock 2-1 win on Wednesday.

The Australians will now play Sweden in Saturday's quarter-final in Augsburg after two goals from Kyah Simon saw her team come from behind in Leverkusen.

Elise Thorsnes had put Norway ahead with a 56th minute goal, but a minute later Simon grabbed the equaliser before the 20-year-old Sydney FC forward sealed victory with a header three minutes from time.

"There was a lot of courage and commitment shown out there," said Australia coach Tom Sermanni.

"I was very deflated when they scored the first goal, but it was critical that we scored straight afterwards."

Sweden later stunned the two-time winners the USA with a 2-1 victory in Wolfsburg.

Sweden's victory gives them a perfect 100 per cent record from three games and leaves them as Group C winners, while the USA go through as runners-up.

The Stars and Stripes now face Brazil in Dresden on Sunday.

Sweden took the lead when the midfielder Lisa Dahlkvist converted a penalty after 15 minutes and the Swedes extended their lead on 35 minutes when the captain Nilla Fischer fired in a free-kick which deflected off a US player.

The Americans pulled a goal back when the veteran forward Abby Wambach scored in the 67th minute for the 1991 and 1999 world champions, but it was not enough.

Brazil marched into the last-eight as three second-half goals gave the South Americans a convincing 3-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in Frankfurt that secured top spot in Group D for the 2007 runners-up.

Erika struck in the 49th minute and Cristiane doubled the advantage at the 54-minute mark before completing a brace with a penalty in injury time.

Equatorial Guinea depart from their first World Cup with zero points.

Both North Korea and Colombia were eliminated after they ground out a goalless draw in their final Group C game in Bochum.

In Saturday's quarter-finals, defending champions Germany will play Japan in Wolfsburg while England take on France in Leverkusen.