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

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    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.
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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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