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Women's World Cup: Germany beat Sweden to reach quarter-finals

Germany produced an assured display to reach the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup with victory over Sweden.

Silvia Neid's side went ahead through Anja Mittag - the tournament joint top scorer's fifth goal in Canada.

Celia Sasic got her first of two goals from the spot after Mittag was fouled, before heading home from close range.

Sweden, ranked fifth in the world, showed belief after a late Linda Sembrant header but rarely threatened and Dzsenifer Marozsan sealed the win.

Germany, ranked number one in the world, will now play France or South Korea, who meet at 21:00 BST on Sunday, while England play Norway in their last-16 match at 22:00 on Monday.

World Cup winners in 2003 and 2007, Germany have also won the last six European Championships and conceded just one goal and scored 15 as they qualified for the knockout stage as Group B winners.

In Ottawa they were dominant from the outset, twice going close in the opening two minutes as Alexandra Popp and Simone Laudehr spurned clear chances before Mattag's curled shot from outside of the box went in off the post.

Since losing to Germany in the final of the 2003 World Cup, Sweden finished third at the 2011 edition, where hosts Germany were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Japan.

Pia Sundhage's side had shown signs of recovery having gone behind but found themselves facing a tougher task when Sasic scored her 61st international goal following Amanda Ilestedt's trip.

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Striker Sofia Jakobsson headed over from close range just before half-time but Sweden produced their best play after Sasic turned in a rebound to put Germany 3-0 up with only 12 minutes to play.

Linda Sembrant's powerful header from a Therese Sjogran free-kick gave them hope with eight minutes remaining, but Jakobsson was denied by Nadine Angerer before substitute Marozsan's top corner finish.

Germany go 2-0 up
Sasic scored her 62nd goal for Germany with a close-ranger header following a rebound
Sweden v Germany
Sembrandt's header gave Sweden hope with eight minutes to play
Germany go 2-0 up
Germany will now meet France or South Korea, who play on Sunday, in the last eight

Line-ups

Germany Women

  • 1Angerer
  • 4Maier
  • 5Krahn
  • 3BartusiakBooked at 28mins
  • 22KemmeSubstituted forCramerat 77'minutes
  • 20Goeßling
  • 16LeupolzSubstituted forMarozsánat 45'minutes
  • 6Laudehr
  • 11Mittag
  • 18PoppSubstituted forLotzenat 89'minutes
  • 13Sasic

Substitutes

  • 2Schmidt
  • 7Behringer
  • 8Bremer
  • 9Lotzen
  • 10Marozsán
  • 12Schult
  • 14Peter
  • 15Cramer
  • 17Henning
  • 19Petermann
  • 21Benkarth
  • 23Däbritz

Sweden Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4BerglundSubstituted forHjohlmanat 80'minutes
  • 14IlestedtBooked at 35mins
  • 5Fischer
  • 18SamuelssonSubstituted forNilssonat 45'minutes
  • 23RubenssonSubstituted forAsllaniat 67'minutes
  • 3Sembrant
  • 17Seger
  • 15Sjogran
  • 10Jakobsson
  • 8SchelinBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 2Rohlin
  • 6Thunebro
  • 7Dahlkvist
  • 9Asllani
  • 11Hjohlman
  • 12Carlen
  • 13Diaz Pettersson
  • 16Nilsson
  • 19Lundh
  • 20Appelqvist
  • 21Soberg
  • 22Schough
Referee:
Hyang-OK Ri
Attendance:
22,486

Match Stats

Home TeamGermany WomenAway TeamSweden Women
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home24
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

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