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No surprises at Women's World Cup
by Paul Kennedy, September 24th, 2007 7AM



The were no surprises in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup. The four winners were the three former champions -- the USA (1991 and 1999), Norway (1995) and Germany (2003) -- and the 2004 Olympic silver-medalist Brazil, the only unbeaten and untied team through four games at this year's finals in China.

All four quarterfinal matches were relatively even games, including the USA's 3-0 win over England in which the Americans benefited from poor defending to score three second-half goals and eliminate the English.

Brazil completed the field for the final four with a surprisingly tense 3-2 victory over Australia, which had rallied from two goals down to tie Brazil in the second half.

Cristiane's brilliant strike with 15 minutes remaining gave the Brazilians the win after goals by Lisa De Vanna and Lauren Colthorpe drew the Matildas even.

Earlier on Sunday, teenage striker Isabell Herlovsen sneaked free in the area to score and give Norway a 1-0 lead over China in the 32nd minute that held up despite the host team's 21-8 edge in shots for the game.

Saturday's Germany-North Korea quarterfinal in Wuhan was much closer than the 3-0 score indicated.

Goalie Nadine Angerer, the long-time backup to Silke Rottenberg, had a big game to pick up her fourth straight shutout of the tournament.

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