Brazil wins, 1-0, over Spain
Andressa Alves scored in the 44th minute as Brazil earned a spot in the knockout stage with a 1-0 win over Spain at the Women’s World Cup at Montreal on Saturday.
The win is the eighth straight in group stage play for Brazil, which is unbeaten in 14 group matches since a loss to Germany in1995.
Spain (0-1-1) controlled the game for much of the first half, but Brazil closed the half with a flurry — capped by Alves’ second-effort goal after her first shot was cleared near the goal line.
Irene Paredes nearly equalized for Spain in stoppage time, but her shot off Brazilian goalkeeper Luciana bounced off the near post.
Brazil (2-0) ends group stage play against Costa Rica on Wednesday, while Spain faces South Korea.
Costa Rica 2, South Korea 2: Karla Villalobos came off the bench to score in the 89th minute as Costa Rica escaped with a 2-2 draw against South Korea at Montreal.
South Korea led, 2-1, after a 25th-minute header by Gaeul Jeon and appeared poised to win its first game in World Cup history.
However, Villalobos, who entered as a substitute in the 76th minute, equalized in the closing moments to earn Costa Rica (0-0-2) a second straight draw in Group E. Melissa Herrera scored the opening goal for Costa Rica.
So-Yun Ji scored for South Korea (0-1-1) on a penalty kick in the 21stminute to tie it.