Brazil wins, 1-0, over Spain

Los Angeles Times - - WOMEN’S WORLD CUP -

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.

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