HANGZHOU, China -- Norway cruised to an easy 7-2 win over
Ghana on Thursday to take the top spot in Group C at the Women's
World Cup and set up a possible quarterfinal meeting with host
In Chengdu, Australia scored a dramatic late goal to tie Canada
2-2 and take the second spot in Group C and set up a potential
quarterfinal match against Brazil.
The matchups will be confirmed later Thursday following Group D
games with China playing New Zealand and Brazil facing Denmark.
Norway took advantage of very lax marking by Ghana to score
three times in the first half.
Lene Storlokken scored in the fourth minute after a corner kick,
Ragnhild Gulbrandsen scored in the 39th minute and captain Ane
Stangeland Horpestad converted a penalty in first-half injury time.
The victory gave Norway seven points in the group stage, ahead
of Australia's five points. Canada finished with three points,
while Ghana was last with zero points.
About 10 minutes into the second half, substitute Isabell
Herlovsen brushed off a defender to send the ball by goalkeeper
Gulbrandsen then headed into an open net off a cross from Leni
Larsen Kaurin, who had beaten Enti to the ball. Gulbrandsen scored
her third goal of the game several minutes later, putting a
glancing header past Enti off a free kick.
It was Gulbrandsen's fifth goal of the tournament, making her
the top scorer in this World Cup.
Substitute Lise Klaveness scored Norway's seventh goal in the
69th minute, several minutes before a beautiful chip by captain
Adjoa Bayor gave Ghana its first goal.
Ghana got its second goal with 10 minutes remaining when
Florence Okoe scored on a penalty kick.