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Australia advances in World Cup with 1-1 draw against Sweden

    Australia's Kyah Simon (17) and Sweden Nilla Fischer (5) go up for the bal as Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl (1) watches during the first half of a FIFA World Cup soccer match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Lisa De Vanna’s early goal was enough for Australia to advance to the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Sweden in Edmonton, Alberta, on Tuesday.

It’s the third straight World Cup in which Australia (1-1-1) has advanced past the group stage. It is the second team behind the United States in Group D.

De Vanna put Australia up 1-0 in the fifth minute with a left-footed goal coming after a breakaway behind the Swedish defense.

Sweden (0-3-0) tied the game in the 15th minute on a left-footed strike from just outside the penalty box by Sofia Jakobsson.

Caroline Seger had a shot on goal following a corner in the 25th minute for Sweden, but Australian goal keeper Lydia Williams made the save.

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