CHENGDU, China -- A dramatic extra-time tying goal by
captain Cheryl Salisbury gave Australia a spot in the quarterfinals
with a 2-2 draw with Canada on Thursday at the Women's World Cup.
Salisbury scored in the second minute of extra time to answer
Canada's 85th-minute goal by its captain, Christine Sinclair. Had
that goal stood, Canada would have reached the quarterfinals
instead of Australia.
Australia finishes second in Group C with the draw _ behind
Norway _ and is likely to face Brazil in the quarterfinals. Brazil
played later on Thursday in Group D against New Zealand.
In a thrilling match, Canada went ahead 1-0 on the
second-fastest goal in Women's World Cup history by Melissa
Tancredi before Colette McCallum tied it for Australia early in the
Tancredi scored on a volley 32 seconds into the match to beat
goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri. The quickest goal came in the 1991
World Cup when Sweden's Lena Videkull scored at the 30-second mark.
Australia reached the quarterfinals for the first time in its
The clinching goal came when substitute Lisa De Vanna dribbled
past several players in the penalty area before passing to an open
Australia tied it 1-1 in the 53rd minute as midfielder McCallum
curled a 20-yard free kick over the wall and into the net.
With Canada a point behind Australia in the group standings
going into the match, a draw was not enough and Canada pushed
forward in search of the go-ahead goal.
It came in the 85th minute as a corner kick was floated to the
back post where it rebounded off the shoulder of Candace Chapman
into the path of Sinclair, who headed home from point-blank range.