The knock out stage of the tournament is different than the group staging in that there must be a winner. If the two teams are tied at the end of regular time, there are two 15-minute periods added to the game. If there is still a tie, the game will come down to penalty kicks. Each side will have 5 players participate.
Japan defeated Germany 1-0. At the end of regular time, neither team had scored. During the 108th minute of the match, Maruyama gave the Japanese a 1-0 advantage. The host nation could not find the equalizer to force penalty kicks.
Sweden defeated Australia 3-1. Sweden took a 1-0 advantage during the 11th minute when Sjogran scored. Five minutes later, Dahlkvist gave Sweden a 2 goal advantage. During the 40th minute, Perry gave the Australian team their only goal of the match. Sweden’s third and final goal came during the 52nd minute with a goal from Schelin.
Japan and Sweden will meet in the semifinals.
France defeated England 4-3 on penalties. England went up 1-0 during the 59th minute of the match, however France equalized during the 88th minute with a goal from Bussaglia.
Here is a breakdown of the penalty shootout.
|Abily missed.||K. Smith scored.|
|Bussaglia scored.||Carney scored.|
|Thiney scored.||Stoney scored.|
|Bompastor scored.||Rafferty missed.|
|Le Sommer scored.||F. White missed|
The USA defeated Brazil 3-5 on penalties. The match began with an own goal from Brazil’s Daiane during the 2nd minute giving the American’s a 1-0 advantage. The USA committed a foul during the 65th minute which started a series of unfortunate events for the Americans. Buehler receives a red card and is sent off for her foul leaving the American’s with only 10 players on the pitch. Brazil’s Marta lines up to take the penalty kick which is saved by keeper Hope Solo however the referee booked Solo with a yellow card for moving on the line before the ball is kicked. This call was quite controversial for many fans and players alike since many keepers have been allowed to move way more than Solo did. The ref allowed another penalty kick and Marta was able to convert the second attempt. However, the American’s never let this bother them as they played much better in various aspects of the game when they were down a player. At the end of regular time the match was tied 1-1 forcing extra time. A minute into the first extra time period, Brazil’s Marta scored her second goal although there should have been an offside penalty called disallowing the goal.
The American’s continued to push trying to find a goal to keep their World Cup journey alive. It wasn’t until stoppage time of the 2nd extra period that Wambach scores squaring the match up at 2 goals each. This equalizer forced the penalty shootout in which the American’s came out victoriously.
Here is a breakdown of the penalty shoot out
|Boxx scored. (Boxx was given a second attempt due to the fact that the Brazilian keeper moved off her line prior to the ball being kicked)||Cristiane scored.|
|Lloyd scored.||Marta scored.|
|Wambach scored.||Daiane missed.|
|Rapinoe scored.||Francielle scored.|
Hope Solo came up huge with her save during the penalty shootout.
France and the USA will meet in the semifinals.
The semifinals will take place on July 13th.