Aussies upset Brazil, France shine as Canada scrape through

Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:00am EDT
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By Simon Evans

EDMONTON, Canada (Reuters) - Australia eliminated Brazil from the Women’s World Cup on Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals along with a convincing France and battling hosts Canada.

A goal from substitute Kyah Simon 10 minutes from the end earned Australia a 1-0 win over a Brazil team who had won all three of their games in the group stage.

France reinforced the view of many that they are favorites for the title with a classy 3-0 win over South Korea, while a 52nd minute goal from Josee Belanger gave Canada a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in front of a crowd of 53,855 in Vancouver.

Australia had never won a knock-out round game in the World Cup and were up against a Brazil team that had not conceded a single goal in the group stage.

But Australia's combination of well-organized defense, relentless work in midfield and pacy counter-attacking paid off.

The decisive goal came when substitute Katrina Gorry won the ball in midfield and sprayed the ball out wide to Lisa De Vanna, whose low shot was spilled out by Brazil keeper Luciana to Simon who slotted home.

"I think we are one of the most dangerous teams at the World Cup if not the most dangerous team going forward," said Australian coach Alen Stajcic.

"With such a young team, you just see so much growth and development in such a short space of time. If they keep growing, we can beat anyone in the world."   Continued...

Jun 21, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Switzerland forward Lara Dickenmann (11) heads the ball as Canada defender Rhian Wilkinson (7) defends at right in the first half of a game in the round of sixteen in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at BC Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports