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Matildas advance to next stage of World Cup in Canada

AUSTRALIA'S female version of Tim Cahill has put the Matildas into the knockout rounds of the World Cup in Canada, after the women in gold recorded a 1-all draw with Sweden.

That was all that was needed to advance to the next stage, with star striker Lisa De Vanna (pictured) scoring her team's only goal in the fifth minute.

The Matildas finished on four competition points in Group D, the US topping the group with seven, Sweden on three and Nigeria on one.

The Aussies lost their first game of the tournament 3-1 to the US, before a 2-0 win over Nigeria got them back on track.

Laura Alleway had a day to forget in the loss to the US, with the first of Megan Rapinoe's two goals taking a deflection off her knee.

But Alleway delivered a brilliant long ball from well within her own half for De Vanna to score against Sweden.

It was the Melbourne Victory star's seventh World Cup goal, making her the only Australian woman to score at three World Cups.

Socceroos star Cahill is the only Aussie man to record the same feat.

Sweden equalised via Sofia Jakobsson, who tried her luck from distance and succeeded, squeezing the ball home past Lydia Williams in Australia's goal, in the 15th minute.

But Australia held its nerve to cling on to a draw, the side jubilant with the result at full-time.

The Matildas now face the top team from Group F, Brazil, in Moncton on Monday morning in the round 16 elimination phase.

Like the men's team, Brazil has a strong women's outfit - it is ranked seventh in the world, while the Matildas are 10th.



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