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Simon scored in the 80th minute to
lift Australia to its first Women s
World Cup knockout win, a 1-0
upset of Brazil and star Marta on a
rainy Sunday afternoon.
After Katrina Gorry won a ball at
midfield, Lisa de Vanna s shot from
the top of the penalty area was turned
aside by Brazilian keeper Luciana.
But the rebound went straight to
Simon, who had come on in the sec-
ond half. She buried the shot for the
first goal allowed by Brazil all tour-
Aussie goalkeeper Lydia Williams
stopped Christiane s header off a long
free kick in the 90th minute to clinch
Australia s first win in three tries
against Brazil in World Cup play.
Williams finished with six saves.
Australia moves on to face the
winner of Tuesday s match between
Japan and Netherlands.
Brazil was seeking its fifth con-
secutive trip to the quarterfinals.
On Saturday night Germany pro-
vided a dominating reminder of why
it is deserving of its favorite tag by
beating Sweden 4-1 to progress to
the quarterfinals while China scored
early and hung on for a 1-0 win
Celia Sasic scored twice, and Anja
Mittag added a goal for the Germans
in the round-of-16 game.
Now the two-time World Cup
champions will travel to Montreal,
where they will face the winner of
last night s match between France
and South Korea.
Mittag opened the scoring in the
24th minute, and then Sasic scored
the next two---including a penalty---
in staking Germany to a 3-0 lead by
the 78th minute.
The Swedes finally countered with
Linda Sembrant scoring a header off
Therese Sjogran s free kick in the 82nd
minute. Sweden nearly cut the margin
to 3-2 a minute later, when Sofia
Jakobsson broke in alone. However,
Jakobsson was stopped by goalie
Nadine Angerer, who came off her
line to cut the angle.
Dzsenifer Marozsan then sealed the
win by scoring in the 88th minute.
Sweden had the misfortune of
opening the tournament in the so-
called Group of Death, alongside the
United States, Australia and Nigeria.
After three ties and a third-place fin-
ish, the Swedes then had to play in
their third time zone in two weeks,
and face Germany on three days rest.
The Germans have won 12 of the
past 14 meetings since defeating Swe-
den 2-1 in the 2003 World Cup final.
China s Wang Shanshan scored
early to secure victory over Cameroon.
China, which will play the winner
of Monday s game between the United
States and Colombia, won despite
coach Hao Wei serving a touchline
suspension after he was sent off from
the team s final group stage match
against New Zealand.
Cameroon, No. 53, was the lowest
ranked of the 16 teams that advanced
to the elimination round. Many play-
ers remained on the field sobbing
after the final whistle.
Wang Shanshan scored in the 12th
minute, taking a feed from Li Donga
off a corner kick and popping the ball
past Cameroon goalkeeper Annette
Wang Lisi, who came into the
match with a team-leading two goals
in Canada, charged in on goalkeeper
Ngo Ndom in the 50th minute, but
stumbled and her kick went wide.
VINA DEL MAR---Argentina
defeated Jamaica 1-0 in Lionel
Messi s 100th game with the
national team on Saturday,
securing first place in its Copa
Striker Gonzalo Higuain
scored an 11th-minute winner
for the title favorites, which
had already secured a spot in
the quarterfinals of the South
Argentina reached seven
points with the victory in
Group B, two points more than
Paraguay, which earlier in the
day drew Uruguay 1-1 in La
Serena. Defending champion
Uruguay ended with four
points but advanced as one of
the best-two third-place fin-
Jamaica, eliminated before
the match began, finished the
tournament with zero points
and no goals scored.
By finishing first in the
group, Argentina will get to
play the quarterfinals against
the second-best third-place
finisher in all three groups.
Argentina is trying to end a
22-year title drought. It hasn t
won a significant trophy since
the 1993 Copa America in
Ecuador, when Messi was only
six years old.
"We reached the first goal,
which was to advance in first
place," Messi said. "We played
a great first half and we
could ve scored more, but in
the second we didn t have the
same intensity, everything was
slower. In the knockout match-
es we can t let that happen."
Messi put in a lackluster per-
formance in his milestone
match. His most significant
chance came in the 56th, when
his lob shot from the top of
the area was barely stopped by
the outstretched arms of
Jamaica goalkeeper Dwayne
The mediocre performance
didn t affect Messi s popularity,
though. After the final whistle,
Jamaican striker Deshorn
Brown was seen taking a selfie
with the Barcelona star before
the teams left the field.
Argentina outplayed Jamaica
from the beginning at the
Sausalito Stadium. It created
a series of scoring chances,
especially in the first half, but
had difficulties capitalizing on
the opportunities. Twice it hit
the crossbar of goalkeeper
"The second half was bor-
ing," Argentina coach Gerardo
Martino said. "We were in
control but didn t have enough
quickness to be able to threaten
Jamaica or any other rival. If
we play like this in future
games we will be in trouble."
Higuain, in his 50th match
with the national team, scored
the winner with a right-footed
strike from near the penalty
spot, turning in front of three
Jamaican defenders before
sending a low shot into the net
after a pass by Angel Di Maria.
Jamaica, focused on the
upcoming Gold Cup, tried to
push forward near the end but
it wasn t enough to get the
"In the first half we had too
much respect for Argentina,
the second-best team in the
world," Jamaica s German
coach Winfried Schafer said.
"The players were nervous fac-
ing Messi, Di Maria, (Javier)
The Argentines won the pre-
vious four Copa Americas
played in Chile, the last in 1991.
The World Cup finalists hosted
the South American tourna-
ment in 2011, but Messi and
his teammates were eliminated
by eventual champion Uruguay
in the quarterfinals. Argentina
lost consecutive Copa America
finals to Brazil in 2004 and
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain, left, kicks to score against
Jamaica's Kemar Lawrence, right, and Michael Hector during
a Copa America Group B soccer match at the Sausalito
Stadium in Vina del Mar, Chile, Saturday. AP PHOTO
Australia knocks Brazil
out Women's World Cup
Argentina cruises into Copa quarters
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