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Quarterfinalists grow to five with addition of Russia, Sweden.

(Saturday, June 26, 1999) -- Russia and Sweden increased the number of quarterfinalists to five with victories today, while defending champion Norway, already assured of advancement, received an unpleasant blow when captain and defender Linda Medalen broke her nose in a 4-0 defeat of Japan in the Women’s World Cup.

Norway 4, Japan 0
First Round
Group C

CHICAGO -- Norway got started when Hege Riise scored on a penalty kick in the eighth minute after teammate Monica Knudsen was taken down in the penalty area by Hiromo Isozaki before 34,256 at Soldier Field.

Two minutes later, Medalen, once a big-time scorer who moved to the back because of pre-Cup injuries had to leave the game when she was hit in the nose by an elbow from Japan's Nami Otake as she went for a header. Her availability for Wednesday's quarterfinal against Sweden is yet to be determined.

Unni Lehn was responsible for the remaining three goals. In the 26th minute, the lead was increased to 2-0 when her shot from the right side hit Isozaki and bounded into the net.

The lead increased to 3-0 when Ann Kristin Aarones stopped the Lehn lob in the peanlty area, let it drop and then beat goalkeeper Nozomi Yamago in the 36th minute.

Lehn also assisted Dagny Mellgren's header to make it 4-0 in the 61st minute.

Norway 4
Japan 0
Norway - Hege Riise (2) 8;
Norway - own goal 26;
Norway - Ann Kristin Aarones (3) 36;
Norway - Dagny Melgren (1) 61.

Lineups: Norway - Bente Nordby, Brit Sandaune, Tone Gunn Frutsol, Anne Tonnessen, Linda Medalen (Goril Kringen 11), Silje Jorgensen, Hege Riise, Monica Knudsen, Unni Lehn, Ann Kristin Aarones (Ranghild Gulbrandsen 38), Dagny Mellgren (Henriette Viker 62); Sweden - Nozmoe Yamago, Rie Yamaki, Kae Nishina, Yumi Tomei, Hiromi Isozaki, Homare Sawa, Tomomi Mitsui, Ayumi Hara (Kozue Ando 86), Tamaki Uchiyama (Miyuki Yanagita 78), Mito Isaka (Yayoi Kobayashi 60), Nami Otake.

Shots: Norway 15, Japan 6. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Norway 7, Japan 1. Fouls: Norway 19, Japan 14. Offside: Norway 4, Japan 6. Yellow card caution: Norway - Silje Jorgensen 73, Anne Tonnessen 83; Japan - Homare Sawa 65.

Referee: Marisela Contreras (Veneauela). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 34,256 at Soldier Field, in Chicago, Ill. Weather: n/a.

Russia 4, Canada 1
First Round
Group C

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Second-half substitute Elena Fomina scored twice while Irina Grigorieva tallied and assisted Fomina twice as Russia registered all four goals after intermission in a 4-1 victory over Canada before 29,401 at Giants Stadium.

Grigorieva gave Russia the lead with a shot from the top of the arc in the 54th minute.

Fomina entered the game seven minutes later, replacing Tatiana Egorova in the midfield.

In the 66th minute, she scored from about the same spot as Grigorieva.

Canada’s Charmaine Hooper outjumped four other players to score on a header right in front of Russian goalkeeper Svetlana Petko to make it 2-1 in the 76th minute and two minutes later, Silvana Burtini nearly tied the match with a shot wide of the right goalpost with another header.

But Fomina ran into the box and took a great pass from Olga Letuchova to beat goalkeeper Nicci Wright in the 86th minute and Karasseva scored off another Letuchova assist in the first minute of injury time.

Russia 4
Canada 1
Russia - Irina Grigorieva (1) 54;
Russia - Elena Fomina (1) 66;
Canada - Charmaine Hooper (2) 76;
Russia - Elena Fomina (2) 86;
Russia - Olga Karesseva (1) 90.

Lineups: Canada - Nicci Wright, Sharolta Nonen, Tanya Franck, Isabelle Morneau, Janine Holland, Geri Donnelly, Amy Walsh, Mary Beth Bowie (Silvana Burtini 55), Charmaine Hooper, Isabelle Harvey, Shannon Rosenow (Sarah Maglio 80); Russia - Svetlana Petko, Marina Bourakova, Natalia Karasseva, Galina Komarova, Natalia Flipova, Tatiana Tcheverda (Yulia Yuchkevitch 72), Tatiana Egorova (Elena Fomina 61), Irina Grigorieva, Olga Karasseva, Olga Letuchova, Natalia Barbachina (Larissa Savina 56).

Shots: Canada 15, Russia 13. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Canada 9, Russia 6. Fouls: Canada 11, Russia 9. Offside: Canada 1, Russia 2. Yellow card caution: Canada - Franck 32, Harvey 49; Russia - Karesseva 77.

Referee: Xiudi Zuo (China). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 29,401 at Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, H.J. Weather: n/a.

China 3, Australia 1
First Round
Group D

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.-- Sun Wen scored twice to move into a tie for the overall goal-scoring at five and China won Group D at 3-0, beating shorthanded Australia 3-1 before 29,041 at Giants Stadium.

Australia played short for almost the entire match when forward Alicia Ferguson was ejected with a controversial red card from American referee Sandra Hunt for a slide tackle.

The elimination of Australia from the World Cup means that one of the eight World Cup quarterfinalists will be excluded from the eight-nation 2000 Olympics tournament. As the host, Australia automatically joins the Olympic field. The other seven spots in the eight-team field will go to the four winning quarterfinalists and the three teams that lose by the lowest margin.

China also received a goal from Liu Ying.

Sun’s five goals tie her with Brazil’s Sissi. She put a header by keeper Belinda Kitching in the 39th minute off a pass from Zhao Lihong. In the 51st minute, she netted a pass from Pu Wei at close range.

Cheryl Salisbury narrowed the Matilda’s margin to 2-1 in the 66th minute, chesting down a pass from Julie Murray before scoring.

In the 73d minute, Liu closed the scoresheet deflecting a shot off a defender past Kitching.

China 3
Australia 1
China - Sun Wen (4) 39;
China - Sun Wen (5) 51;
Australia - Cheryl Salisbury (1) 66;
China - Liu Ying (1) 73.

Lineups: China - Gao Hong, Fan Yunjie, Wen Lirong, Bai Jie, Wang Liping, Liu Ailing, Pu Wei, Liu Ying, Zang Lihong (Xie Huilin 75), Sun Wen (Qiu Haiyan 63), Jin Yan (Zhang Quying 46); Australia - Belinda Kitching, Bridgette Starr, Traci Bartlett, Anissa Tann-Darby, Dianne Alagich, Kelly Golebiowski, Lisa Casagrande (Angela Iannotta 72), Alison Forman (Amy Wilson 79), Juli Murray, Alicia Ferguson, Cheryl Salisbury (Peita-Claire Hepperlin 36).

Shots: China 21, Australia 5. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: China 13, Australia 0. Fouls: China 16, Australia 8. Offside: China 2, Australia 2. Yellow card caution: China - Fan Yunjie 4, Wen Lirong 70; Australia - Alicia Ferguson (second card) 2.

Referee: Sandra Hunt (United States). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 29,401 at Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, H.J. Weather: n/a.

Sweden 2, Ghana 0
First Round
Group D

CHICAGO -- Sweden earned its way to the quarterfinals, getting two second-half goals from Victoria Svensson to defeat Ghana 2-0.

Svenson scored on a header in the 58th minute Saturday, converting a cross from Malin Mostrom's to beat keeper Memunatu Sulemana for a 1-0 advantage.

Ghana nearly tied the match in the 86th minute when a sliding Elizabeth Baidu blocked keeper Ulrika Karlsson’ attempt to clear a backpass from Asa Lonnqvist. The ball deflected off the crossbar and Sweden quickly countered with Svenson scoring from deep in the box at the other end.

Sweden 2
Ghana 0
Sweden - Victoria Svensson (1) 58;
Sweden - Victoria Svensson (2) 86.

Lineups: Ghana - Menunatu Sulemana, Patience Sackey, Elizabeth Baidu, Lydia Ankrah (Sheila Okai 65), Barikusu Tettey-Quao, Genevive Clottey, Stella Quartey, Nana Hyamfua (Mercy Tagoe 84), Vivian Mensah, Adjoa Bayor, Alberta Sackey; Sweden - Ulrika Karlsson, Karolian Westburg, Jane Tornqvist, Asa Lonnqvist, Cecelia Sandell, Kristin Bengtsson (Tina Nordlund 30), Malin Mostrom, Malin Andersson, Hanna Ljungberg (Therese Lundin 6), Victoria Svensson, Malin Gustafsson (Linda Fagerstrom 87).

Shots: Ghana 7, Sweden 15. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Ghana 2, Sweden 8. Fouls: Ghana 15, Sweden 14. Offside: Ghana 2, Sweden 6. Yellow card caution: Ghana - Nana Gyamfua 10, Sheila Okai; Sweden - none.

Referee: Sonla Denoncourt (Canada). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 34,256 at Soldier Field, in Chicago, Ill. Weather: n/a.

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