• FT

    Canada Women

    4

    Ghana

    0

  • FT

    Denmark

    2

    New Zealand

    0

  • FT

    Australia

    1

    Norway

    1

  • FT

    Brazil

    4

    China

    0

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Hangzhou Dragon Stadium, China

Referee: Huijun Niu

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Australia Women

  • Lisa De Vanna 83'

1 - 1

FT

Norway Women

  • Ragnhild Gulbrandsen 5'

Australia 1-1 Norway: De Vanna earns tie

HANGZHOU, China -- Australia substitute Lisa De Vanna scored

in the 83rd minute to secure a 1-1 draw with Norway on Saturday in

Group C, boosting Australia's chance of qualifying for the

quarterfinals of the women's World Cup.

De Vanna's effort canceled out the 5th minute goal by Ragnhild

Gulbrandsen.

Australia, with four points, now needs only a draw against

Canada in the last round of Group C games to reach the

quarterfinals. Canada has three points following a 4-0 victory over

Ghana.

Norway, with four points, needs only a draw against

already-eliminated Ghana to advance to the last eight.

"The second half was much more difficult for us because, as

usual, Australia put on De Vanna in the second half," Norway coach

Bjarne Berntsen said. "She proved again that she is one of the

best forwards in the world at the moment.

"We are in a very, very good situation before the last group

game."

De Vanna has played only two halves in this tournament, but her

lightning pace has made her the talk of Group C.

Blessed with five quality forwards in his squad, Australian

coach Tom Sermanni has the luxury of bringing on De Vanna against

tiring defenses.

"Lisa has been an impact player and she prefers to be that

herself. She always felt she could not play for 90 minutes,"

Sermanni said.

"She is probably in a situation now where she could play for 90

minutes, but with the team we have got, its beneficial to use her

like that."

Norway's early lead came when winger Leni Laursen Kaurin ran at

the Australian defense and slipped a pass through to Gulbrandsen,

who put an angled shot into the net.

Aware that a loss in this game would leave it needing to beat

Canada in the last game, Australia pushed for an equalizer by

switching to a 4-3-3 formation, with strikers De Vanna and Sarah

Walsh brought on.

The equalizer came late. Confronted by a wall of defenders, De

Vanna controlled the ball with two touches and curled a shot from

outside the area into the top right corner of the net.