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Norway are through to the World Cup quarter finals for the first time in twelve years after getting the better of Australia on a penalty shootout following a pulsating 1-1 draw in Nice.
In a classic end-to-end tie, the deadlock was broken just after the half hour as Sam Kerr was denied by a good block from Maria Thorisdottir, Norway immediately going on the counter attack and Caroline Graham Hansen played in Isabell Herlovsen who calmly tucked the ball past Lydia Williams.
Australia thought they had a chance to equalise just before half time when Thorisdottir was penalised for handball in the area, however with Kerr waiting to take the resulting penalty, a lengthy VAR review overturned the decision, stating the offence was committed outside the area.
Kerr had a goal ruled out for offside after the break as Australia piled players forward in search of an equaliser and it came with seven minutes remaining, a low inswinging corner from Elise Kellond-Knight went through a sea of legs in the area and into the net.
Both teams tried to force a winner and prevent extra time, Norway coming agonisingly close to winning it in injury time as she curled in a shot from the edge of the area but it hit the inside of the post and bounced across the face of goal before going to safety.
Early in extra time, Lisa-Marie Utland broke away on goal before being brought down by Alanna Kennedy and the Australian defender was shown a red card as a result. Utland herself was extremely lucky not to join her after what appeared to be a shocking lunge on Williams shortly afterwards but she was only yellow carded.
Williams was in outstanding form in goal and pulled off excellent saves from Hansen and Vilde Boe Risa, who also hit the bar with a strike from 35 yards. Australia almost snatched it late on as Tameka Yallop had a shot charged down but neither could make a breakthrough and penalties were the result.
Norway found the net with each of their first three kicks but Kerr lifted her shot well over and Ingrid Hjelmseth saved from Emily Gielnik. Steph Catley did give Australia hope but Ingrid Systad Engen kept her cool to find the corner of the net and book Norway's place in the last eight, where they will play either England or Cameroon.
Earlier in the day, Germany eased into the last eight once again as they defeated Nigeria 3-0 in Grenoble. They took the lead on twenty minutes, albeit once again tinged with controversy, Svenja Huth being in an offside position as Alexandra Popp headed in but she was deemed to be not interfering with play.
VAR was once again involved for the second, ruling that Evelyn Nwabuoku had fouled Lina Magull in the area as she cleared the ball, and Sara Dabritz slotted home the resulting penalty.
Desire Oparanozie was close to pulling one back for Nigeria after the break but apart from that, the Germans were rarely troubled and Lea Schuller rounded off the win with eight minutes remaining. Germany's quiet advancement through the tournament therefore continues and they will await the winners of the tie between Sweden and Canada.
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