OTTAWA – Celia Sasic scored twice in helping top-ranked Germany advance to the Women's World Cup quarterfinals with 4-1 win over Sweden on Saturday.
Anja Mittag opened the scoring in the 24th minute, and Dzsenifer Marozsan scored in the 88th minute as Germany eliminated Sweden in the round of 16.
Germany built a 3-0 lead before Linda Sembrant scored on a header from outside the box in the 82nd minute. The Swedes nearly cut the margin to 3-2 a minute later, when Sofia Jakobsson broke in alone. But goalie Nadine Angerer came out of the crease to cut the angle and make the save.
The two-time World Cup champions will travel to Montreal, where they will face the winner of Sunday's France vs South Korea match.
Germany rolled through the preliminary round by scoring a tournament-leading 15 goals and went 2-0-1 in the preliminary round to win the Group B title.
The attacking Germans dominated the Swedes from the opening minute and finally capitalized when Mittag forced a turnover at the left sideline of the Swedish zone. Playing give-and-go with Sasic, Mittag had a clear path to the net when she got a shot off from just outside the box and banked it in off the far right post.
Then Mittag played a role in Sasic's goal off a penalty kick. Mittag had the ball inside the box, but was tripped up by Amanda Ilestedt as she was attempting to get off a shot. As Sasic approached the ball, Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl guessed wrong by diving to her right. Sasic punched the ball into the unattended side.
Sasic then scored in the 78th minute, when she headed in a rebound, after Simone Laudehr's initial shot bounced off the left goalpost.
Sasic and Mittag both lead the tournament with five goals each.
Germany controlled the first half, with a 13-4 edge in shot attempts and a 5-1 margin in shots on goal.
The Swedes had a more difficult time in getting through the so-called Group of Death, rounded out by the United States, Australia and Nigeria. Sweden became the first team to advance to the knockout stage with three ties, and had to wait until the final games were played Wednesday before clinching one of four allocated spots.