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Sweden advances to semifinals

AUGSBURG, Germany -- Lotta Schelin scored one goal and set up another Sunday as Sweden beat Australia, 3-1, to reach the semifinals at the women's World Cup.

After setting up Therese Sjogran for the opening goal in the 11th minute, Schelin pushed the lead to 3-1 in the 52nd to set off the players' traditional Swedish dancing celebrations.

Schelin capitalized on a poor back pass from Kim Carroll and took one touch past goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri before slotting the ball into the unguarded net.

"There is a fantastic atmosphere in our team and we pulled each other through," Schelin said.

The result means Sweden also qualifies for the London Olympics next year.

Sjogran set up Lisa Dahlkvist for Sweden's second goal in the 16th minute in front of 24,605 fans, before Ellyse Perry briefly gave Australia hope with a stunning effort in the 40th.

Japan upset host Germany on Saturday in another quarterfinal and will play Sweden on Wednesday.

"Now we have to concentrate on winning against Japan. We don't have very good memories of playing against them," Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby said. "Our players will work hard to go one step further."

Appearing in its first quarterfinal, Australia started cautiously against the 2003 runner-up and was almost caught out as Schelin missed a chance in the sixth minute when she failed to capitalize on a weak back pass from Servet Uzunlar.

Barbieri had to react to punch Sara Thunebro's cross away from the approaching Schelin shortly afterward, but the Sweden striker made her mark minutes later.-- AP

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