Fifa 2011 Women's World Cup: Sweden ease past Australia, USA send Brazil packing

Japan and France await in the semi-finals after dramatic quarter-final matches on Sunday, where a controversial Marta penalty was not enough for the South Americans to progress
Women's World Cup Knockout Stage

Sweden 3-1 Australia

Goals from Therese Sjogran, Lisa Dahlkvist and Lotta Schelin gave Sweden a comfortable win over Australia, who still scored a consolation, courtesy of Ellyse Perry.

The Swedish XI came out very strongly and took the game by storm on 11 minutes. Schelin moved past a defender down the left before feeding the ball to the centre of the box to Sjogran, who drilled the ball home. Just five minutes later Sjogran turned provider, as her cross from the left was headed home by Dahlkvist.

Australia responded five minutes from half-time through Perry, who picked up the ball on the edge of the box following a short corner and then sent it into top corner of the net. However, Schelin made it 3-1 for Sweden in the 52nd minute, when she intercepted a pass from Kim Carroll back to her goalkeeper and slotted home.

Brazil 2-2 United States (United States won 5-3 on penalties)

A Marta brace was not enough for Brazil to beat the United States, as goals from Daiane and Abby Wambach took them to a penalty shootout, where the North Americans would win a dramatic match.

The USA broke the deadlock just two minutes into the game, when Brazil defender Daiane suffered the agony of putting a Shannon Boxx cross into her own net. The South Americans were only able to equalise in the 68th minute, when Marta lifted the ball over two defenders, but was brought down for the referee to signal a penalty, which Rachel Buehler dismissed as a result. Cristiane's shot was saved by the keeper, but the referee ordered a retake, which Marta converted.

Two minutes into extra time, Marta put her side in front, when she volleyed a cross from the left inside the far post. The USA did not lower their heads, and equalised two minutes into injury time, as Wambach rose highest in the area to head home Megan Rapinoe's long cross. In the penalty shootout, Daiane missed her chance, allowing Alex Krieger to give the USA passage into the semi-finals of the competition.

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