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Brazil beats Australia in penalties, moves on to semifinals

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In the final women’s quarterfinal match, host nation Brazil took on Australia in Belo Horizonte. The teams played 120 minutes without a goal before Brazil defeated Australia 7-6 in a penalty shootout.

Both teams exchanged scoring chances in the first 15 minutes, but could not capitalize.

In the 16th minute, Brazil’s Debinha had her well-taken strike saved by Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams. 

Australia had a great opportunity to score in the 21st minute as Kyah Simon sent a cross to two teammates running in the box, but neither could get on the end of it. 

Just before the end of the first half, Debinha played Andressa Alves in behind the Australian defense with a through ball, but Alves sent her shot over the goal.  

Brazil had the better run of play through the first 25 minutes of the second half. 

In the 74th minute, Brazil’s Alves took a first time shot after receiving a long pass over the top of the Australian backline, but her shot went wide. 

Australia’s best chance of the second half came when Chloe Logarzo took a shot from outside the box that struck off the crossbar with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. 

At the 90-minute mark, Alves lunged to direct the ball toward goal and Australia’s Williams made a diving save to keep her in it. 

The teams went into the first extra time session scoreless and played 30 minutes without a goal.

In the shootout it looked like Brazil was going to be eliminated after team captain Marta missed her penalty. However Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara came to the team's rescue saving two penalties to give her team the victory.

Brazil advances to the semifinals where it will face Sweden on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Australia is eliminated from Olympic competition. 

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