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No surprise. Norway, China make semifinals.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Wednesday, June 30, 1999) -- Things went pretty much as expected in the two Women’s World Cup quarterfinals before 21,411 at Spartan Stadium.

Norway, the defending champion, beat Sweden 3-1 and China downed Russia 2-0.

The two teams will meat in a semifinal Sunday at Foxboro Stadium near Boston.

China 2, Russia 1

Pu Wei, an 18-year-old midfielder, gave China a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute, netting a bouncing shot from outside the penalty area for a 1-0 lead. Goalkeeper Svetlana Petko, who faced 24 shots on the night, was slow to raect and had the shot skip just beyond her fingertips.

In the 56th minute, Jin Yan sent home a rebound of a shot off the post to finalize the score a 2-0.

Russia managed only two shots and attacker Irina Grigorieva, the tournament leader with four assists, was forced to spend much of her time playing defense.

China 2
Russia 0
China - Pu Wei (2) 37;
China - Jin Yan (3) 56;

Lineups: China - Gao Hong, Ran Yunjiem Wen Lirong, Bai Je, Wang Liping, Zhao Lihong, Liu Ailing, Pu Wei (Aiu Haiyan 80), Liu Ying, Sun Wen, Jin Yan (Zhang Quying 89); Russia - Svetlana Petko, Marina Bourakova, Natalia Karasseva, Tatitana Tcheverda, Galina Komarova (Alexandra Svetlitzkaia 88), Natalia Flippova, Tatiana Egorova (Elena Fomina 46), Irina Grigorieva, Olga Karasseva, Olga Letuchova, Natalia Barbachina Larissa Savina 68).

Shots: China 24, Russia 2. Shots on goal: n/a. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: China 6, Russia 1. Fouls: China 13, Russia 10. Offside: China 0, Russia 0. Yellow card caution: China - Qiu Haiyan 90 , Russia - Tatiana Tcheverda 35.

Referee: Nicole Mouidi-Petigant (Sui). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 21,411 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: n/a.

Norway 3, Sweden 1

Striker Ann Kristin Aarones broke a scoreless tie, going high to head a goal off a set piece for a 1-0 advantage in the 51st minute. Silje Jorgensen sent her free kick high into the penalty area for Aarones to put by Swedish goalkeeper Ulrika Karlsson with the right side of her forehead.

Seven minutes later, Marianne Pettersen faked two defenders and lofted a soft shot over Karlsson for a 2-0 lead.

In the 72d minute, Hege Riise converted a penalty kick, making it 3-0.

Sweden got on the board only after a minute of injury time with Malin Mostrom recording the tally.

Norway 3
Sweden 1
Norway - Ann Kristin Aarones (4) 51;
Norway - Marianne Petterson (3) 58;
Norway - Hege Riise (3) (penalty kick) 72;
Sweden - Malin Mostrom (1) 90.

Lineups: Norway - Bente Nordby, Brit Sandaune, Goril Kringen, Linda Medalen, Silje Jorgensen, Hege Riise, Monica Knudsen, Marianne Pettersen, Tone Gunn Frytsol (Solveig Gulbrandsen 46), Ann Kristen Aarones (Anita Rapp 81), Unni Lehn (Dagny Mellgren 77); Sweden - Ulrika Karlsson, Karolina Westberg, Jane Tomqvist, Cecilia Sandell, Malin Andersson, Malin Mostrom, Kristin Bengtsson (Therese Lundin 46, Tina Nordlund (Minna Heponiemi 81), Malin Gustafsson (Jessica Sundh 72), Victoria Svensson.

Shots: Norway 14, Sweden 8. Shots on goal: n/a. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Norway 9, Sweden 1. Fouls: Norway 8, Sweden 3. Offside: Norway 4, Sweden 3. Yellow card caution: Norway - Solveig Gulbrnadsen 55, Sweden - none.

Referee: Im Eun Ju (Korea). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 21,411 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: n/a.

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