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Australia, Brazil Advance To Quarterfinals Of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

After dull first halves in both Group D matches, both came alive in the second half on Wednesday, as Brazil and Australia both sealed wins to secure passage into the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal stage in impressive fashion. Brazil defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 behind a couple of assists by Marta and a stunning goal by Erika, while Australia came back from 1-0 down to win their match 2-1.

Norway looked like they had a path into the knockout stages Elise Thornses scored a goal in the second half off of a terrible defensive error, but Australia fought back as Kyah Simon scored a brace, with the first goal coming immediately after Norway's goal and the second coming in the 87th minute.

Brazil and Australia don't yet know their fate, as their opposition is entirely dependent on this evening's match between the United States and Sweden. The winner of Group C will face Australia, while the second placed team would face Brazil.