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Norway, China advance to quarterfinals.

By Robert Wagman

Norway 7, Canada 1
First Round
Group C

LANDOVER, Md. (Wednesday, June 23, 1999) -- Norway served notice that it is in form to defend its Women’s World Cup title, getting two goals and an assist from Ann Aarones in a 7-1 rout of overmatched Canada before 16,448 at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium today.

"We created 21 chances today and put away seven," said Norway’s coach Per-Mathias Hogmo. "I'm quite happy with that."

The Norwegians got off to a fast start, hitting the post twice and forcing Canadian goalkeeper Nicci Wright to make two fine saves in the first seven minutes.

Then in the eighth minute, Aarones, who did not start in the opening 2-1 decision over Russia, scored the first of her two first-half goals, easily converting a cross from Monica Knudsen.

Norway continued to press but it was Canada that leveled at the 31st minute against the run of play when star striker Charmaine Hooper pushed the ball into the net in a goal crease scramble after a long free kick into the box. After that, Canada had nothing to cheer about.

A minute later, it was Aarones scoring again, heading in a cross from Unni Lehn for a 2-1 advantage.

Norway increased its lead to 3-1 in the 49th minute on a lovely give-and-go, as Unni Lehn converted a pretty through pass from Aarones on a play that started with a throw-in deep in the Canadian half. After this the floodgates were opened.

In the 54th minute, Hege Riise made it 4-1 on a free kick just outside the box. Eight minutes later, Linda Medalen netted a header for her ninth World Cup goal, tying her for the all-time lead with 21 points.

Marianne Petterson and Solve Gulbrandsen added later tallies.

Robert Wagman is a regular contributor to SoccerTimes.

Norway 7
Canada 1
Norway - Ann Kristen Aarones (1) 8;
Canada - Charmaine Hooper (1) 31;
Norway - Ann Kristen Aarones (2) 36;
Norway - Unni Lehn (1) 49;
Norway - Hege Riise (1) 54;
Norway - Linda Medalen (1) 62;
Norway - Marianne Pettersen (2) 76;
Norway - Solveig Gulbrandsen (1) 87

Lineups: Norway - Bente Nordby, Brit Sandaune, Goril Kringen, Linda Medalen, Anne Nymark Anderson (Tone Gunn Frustol 46), Silje Jorgensen, Hege Riise, Monica Knudsen (Linda Ormen 62), Ann Kristin Aarones, Marianne Pettersen, Unni Lehn (Solveig Gulbrandsen 70); Canada - Nicci Wright, Sharolta Nonen, Isabelle Morneau, Janine Helland, Tanya Franck, Geri Donnelly, Amy Walsh, Jeanette Haas (Andrea Neil 16), Charmaine Hooper, Shannon Rosenow (Mary Beth Bowie 70), Isabelle Harvey.

Shots: Norway 28, Canada 7. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Norway 4, Canada 0. Fouls: Norway 10, Canada 12. Offside: Norway 4, Canada 5. Yellow card caution: Norway - Goril Kringen 45, Canada - none.

Referee: Tammy Ogston (Australia). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 16,448 at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, in Landover, Md. Weather: n/a.

Sweden 3, Australia 1
First Round
Group D

LANDOVER, Md. -- Sweden rebounded from its opening loss to China, using two goals by Jane Tornqvist in beating a game Australia side 3-1 in a Group D match before 16,448 at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.

Sweden (1-1, 3 points) looks good to advance to the quarterfinals because Australia (0-1-1, 1 point) closes group play with China (2-0, 6 points) which blasted Ghana 7-0.

"We had to win because if we had lost we would have been gone," said Swedish coach Marika Domanski Lyfors. "We should have scored more goals given the chances we had. But I'm happy. Now we have to beat Ghana to ensure we will advance."

Sweden opened the scoring in the ninth minute when an unmarked Tornqvist converted Malin Andersoon's well struck corner, cleanly heading the ball in at the far post.

Another well-taken cross, this one by Kristin Bengtsson in the 21st minute, evaded Australian goalkeeper Belinda Kitching, bounced off Swedish striker Hanna Ljungberg, who was able to control the ball, and push it into the open net for a 2-0 advantage.

Julie Murray brought Australia back into the match at 2-1, finding net after a long solo run.

Belinda Kitching played courageously in goal for Australia, which tied Ghana 1-1 Thursday. She made several sensational saves, but she was unlucky in the 69th minute, when Ljungberg beat her to a slowly rolling ball at the top of the box and nudged it by the charging keeper to make it 3-1. -- Robert Wagman.

Sweden 3
Australia 1
Sweden - Jane Tornqvist (1) (Malin Andersson) 9;
Sweden - Hanna Ljungberg (1) (Kristin Bengtsson) 21;
Australia - Julie Murray (2) 32;
Sweden - Hanna Ljungberg (2) 69.

Lineups: Australia - Belinda Kitching, Sarah Cooper (Angela Iannotta 76), Bridgette Starr (Anissa Tann-Darby 87), Dianne Alagich, Joanne Peters, Sharon Black (Kelly Golebiowski 58), Cheryl Salisbury, Julie Murray; Sweden - Ulrika Karlsson, Korolina Westberg, Jane Tornqvist, Asa Lonnqvist, Cecelia Sandell, Kristin Bengtsson, Malin Mostrom, Therese Lundin, Hanna Ljungberg, Malin Andersson, Victoria Svensson.

Shots: Australia 7, Sweden 16. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Australia 0, Sweden 10. Fouls: Australia 11, Sweden 11. Offside: Australia 2, Sweden 0. Yellow card caution: Australia - Kelly Golebiowski 79, Alison Forman 85, Sweden - Kristin Bengtsson 53.

Referee: Gaye Fatou (Senegal). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, in Raljon, Md. Weather: n/a.

Russia 5, Japan 0
First Round
Group C

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Olga Letuchova had two goals and an assist and Irina Grigorieva had three assists for Russia which rebounded from a loss to Norway with a 5-0 victory over Japan before 17,688 at Civic Stadium.

Russia (1-1, 3 points) can join Norway in the quarterfinals from Group C with a victory (and probably a tie) when it faces Canada Saturday in New Jersey. Japan (0-1-1, 1 points) faces Norway (2-0, 6 points) Saturday in Chicago.

Russia took the lead on a shot by Larissa Savina in the 29th minute. She took a pass from Grigorieva, ran into the left side of the box and nailed a left-footer past Japan keeper Nozomi Yamago into the right corner.

The Russians took a 2-0 lead on another assist by Grigorieva, who carried to the right corner of the box and sent a cross toward the right front post, where Letuchova found net on the first touch in the 52nd minute.

Russia increased its margin to 4-0 in the 81st minute when Letuchova passed to Natalia Barbachina, who eluded three defenders before scoring into the right side of the net.

Grigorieva fed Letuchova for a breakaway tally in the 89th minute to make it 5-0.

Russia 5
Japan 0
Russia - Larissa Savina (1) (Irina Grigorieva) 29;
Russia - OlgaLetuchova (1) (Irina Grigorieva) 52;
Russia - Natalia Karasseva (1) 58;
Russia - Natalia Barbachina (1) 81;
Russia - Olga Letuchova (2) 89.

Lineups: Japan - Nozomi Yamago, Kae Hishina, Yumi Tomei, Hiromi Isozaki, Tomoe Sakai (Rie Yamaki 69), Ayumi Hara, Homare Sawa, Tomomi Mitsui, Nami Otake, Mito Saka, Tamaki Uchiyama (Miyuki Yanagita 57); Russia - Svetlana Petko, Marina Bourakova, Natalia Karasseva, Tatiana Tcheverda, Natalia Flippova, Tatiana Egorova, Alexandra Svetlitzkaia, Irina Grigorieva, Olga Karesseva, Natalia Barbachina, Olga Letuchova.

Shots: Japan 13, Russia 17. Saves: Japan - n/a, Russia - Svetlana Petko 5. Corner kicks: Japan 3, Russia 8. Fouls: Japan 11, Russia 4. Offside: Japan 3, Russia 8. Yellow card caution: Japan - Homare Sawa 72, Russia - none.

Referee: Sandra Hunt (United States). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 17,668 at Civic Stadium, in Portland, Ore. Weather: n/a.

China 7, Ghana 0
First Round
Group D

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sun Wen registered the Women’s World Cup’s third three-goal game while Zhang Ouying added two late goals as China became the first nation to advance to the semifinals with a 7-0 pasting of Ghana in Group D before 17,688 at Civic Stadium.

China (2-0, 6 points), finished fourth in 1995 and was the runnerup to the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics, can finish no worse that second in its group. The top two teams in each of the four groups advances to the single-elimination round.

In the ninth minute, Sun blew past the defense and fired a shot into the left corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead. Wang Liping's pass set Sun up.

China, which had a 19-2 advantage in shots on goal, made it 2-0 when Sun's shot bounced off Ghana keeper Memunatu Sulemana's knee, and Jin Yan drove the ball high into the right corner in the 16th minute.

Sun ran broke free with a pass from Jin and beat Sulemana to make it 3-0 in the 21st minute.

Ghana (0-1-1, 1 point), which lost a player to a red card on Thursday, saw Regina Ansah ejected after taking down Zhang Ouying on a breakaway in the 52nd minute.

Just 84 seconds later, Sun got her third goal when she grabbed a rebound off the crossbar with her left foot and roofed it into the left side for a 4-0 bulge.

China 7
Ghana 0
China - Sun Wen (1) 8;
China - Jin Yan (1) 16;
China - Sun Wen (2) 20;
China - Sun Wen (3) 54;
China - Zhang Ouying (1) 82;
China - Zhang Ouying (2) 90;
China - Liu Yang (1) 90.

Lineups: China - Hong Gao, Yunjie Fan, Liron Wen, Jie Bai, Liping Wang, Lihong Zhao, Ying Liu, Ailing Liu (Qiu Haiyan 58), Ru Wei (Xie Huilin 73), Yan Jin (Zhang Quying 51), Wen Sun; Ghana - Memunatu Sulemana, Patience Sackey, Rita Yeboah, Regina Ansah, Elizabeth Baidu, Sheila Okai, Genevive Clottery, Alberta Sackey, Vivian Mensah, Adjoa Baylor (Lydia Ankrah 56), Nana Gyamfua (Mavis Dzangmah 74).

Shots: China 25, Ghana 9. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: China 4, Ghana 1. Fouls: China 10, Ghana 17. Offside: China 9, Ghana 2. Yellow card caution: China - none, Ghana - Rita Yeboah 16, Patience Sackey 20, Mavis Dzajmah 89. Red card ejection: Ghana - Regina Ansah 53.

Referee: Elke Guenthner (Germany). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 17,668 at Civic Stadium, in Portland, Ore. Weather: n/a.

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