Two-time champion Germany becomes first team to reach Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

The Associated Press Published 5:25 p.m. ET June 22, 2019 | Updated 8:42 p.m. ET June 22, 2019CLOSE SportsPulse: The USWNT coasted through the group stage but the knockout stage is a whole different beast. Win or go home. First up: Spain. USA TODAYNICE, France – Ingrid Hjelmseth proved to be a shootout hero once…

Two-time champion Germany becomes first team to reach Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

The Associated Press
Published 5:25 p.m. ET June 22, 2019 | Updated 8:42 p.m. ET June 22, 2019CLOSE
SportsPulse: The USWNT coasted through the group stage but the knockout stage is a whole different beast. Win or go home. First up: Spain.
USA TODAYNICE, France – Ingrid Hjelmseth proved to be a shootout hero once again as Norway beat Australia on penalties Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup.Hjelmseth saved Emily Gielnik’s kick and Ingrid Engen, who is playing in her first World Cup, hit the decisive penalty as Norway won the shootout 4-1 after the match had finished 1-1.Australia captain Sam Kerr, who was frustrated by Norway most of the night despite several opportunities, fired her penalty shot high and wide.“It was a great win,” Hjelmseth said. “I was just focusing and picking a side when they put the ball down. I was just telling myself, ‘OK, I will go to the right,’ and then I took a chance and it was good for us, it was the right side.”Hjelmseth saved two penalties in her last shootout – the semifinal of the 2013 European Championship.“That was a good one,” she said. “I think when you’re a goalie you can only be a hero so it’s just about picking a side and just finding the right timing to go so you don’t get the VAR stuff.”Norway will face the winner of Sunday’s game between England and Cameroon.The shootout came after a game during which neither team had a clear advantage, though Norway succeeded in keeping Australia’s Kerr from being much of factor. Kerr had a goal ruled out in the second half after offside was called. Australia also had two penalties denied on video review in normal time.The game went to extra time after Australia’s Elise Kellond-Knight scored from a corner to make it a 1-1 game in the 83rd minute.Forward Isabell Herlovsen put Norway up 1-0 with a goal in the 31st.Australia had to
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