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Germany oust Sweden from FIFA World Cup

Top ranked Germany advanced to the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup on Saturday with a confident 4-1 victory over Sweden.

Germany oust Sweden from FIFA World Cup
Sweden's Nilla Fischer tries to block Germany's Anja Mittag (R) during Germany's 4-1 win. Photo: Carmen Jaspersen / picture alliance / dpa

Celia Sasic scored twice with Anja Mittag and Dzsenifer Marozsan also finding the net to put the 2003 and 2007 champions through to the last eight for the seventh time in as many editions of the tournament.

The 30-year-old Mittag set Germany on their way with a solo run through the Swedish defence following a defensive error after 24 minutes at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium.

It was the fifth goal in four matches for Mittag who recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Swedish club FC Rosengård.

And 12 minutes later Sasic notched her first when she slotted in a penalty awarded after Mittag was fouled inside the box by her former FC Rosengard teammate Amanda Ilestedt.
   
Leonie Maier almost got a third just before the break only for her long range effort to go straight into the hands of Hedvig Lindahl in the Swedish goal.

Sasic grabbed her second on 78 minutes with a diving header after Simone Laudehr's initial effort had come back off the post.

Defender Linda Sembrant scored a consolation goal for the Swedes with eight minutes to go, only for Marozsan to pick up another for the Germans two minutes from time.
   
Germany next play either France or South Korea, who clash in Montreal on Sunday, for a place in the semi-finals.
   
Sweden, ranked fifth, return home without a win after advancing to the last 16 as one of the best third-place finishers following three draws in their group.

It is the third time that Germany have beaten their European rivals in a major competition.

In 2003 Germany won the world title by beating Sweden with a golden goal in the final, while more recently Germany beat Sweden 1-0 in the semi-finals on their way to the European title.

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Sweden hangs by thread after draw with Aussies

Sweden could still advance to the next round despite drawing with Australia in their third match in the Fifa Women's World Cup late on Tuesday.

Sweden hangs by thread after draw with Aussies
Australia's Emily van Egmond and Sweden's Lisa Dahlkvist vie for the ball. Photo: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP

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Australia advanced to the last 16 of the Fifa Women's World Cup after being held 1-1 by the Swedish ladies in Canada.

Captain Lisa De Vanna scored after five minutes for the Matildas but ten minutes later Sweden were on level terms thanks to Sofia Jakobsson's equalizer at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

A draw was enough to see Australia through to the knockout round for a third consecutive time as they finish second in group D behind the United States.

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Meanwhile, the Swedish ladies were faced with disappointment on home turf. Coach Pia Sundhage had previously told The Local she believed her side had a chance of winning the tournament.

“The central line and the goalkeeper are important, if we can get ourselves together there we can go far. Caroline Seger, Lotta Schelin and Nilla Fischer are three world players who can inspire others to play well too,” she said.

The USA lead the group with seven points after beating Nigeria 1-0 in Vancouver, with Australia on four.

As second in Group D, Australia next play Brazil in Moncton next Sunday. Sweden have three points and could still advance to the next round as one of the four best third-placed finishers out of the six groups.

African champions Nigeria are eliminated with just one point.