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U.S. Women's Soccer Ties Australia 0-0, Advances to Quarterfinals

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Megan Rapinoe
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The United States women’s soccer team is headed to the quarterfinals, after tying Australia 0-0 in their final game of group play. 

With the tie, the United States finished second in Group G, going 1-1-1 in its three group games. It won the tiebreaker over Australia based on goal differential, with the United States’ goal differential of 2 better than Australia’s -1. Sweden finishes as the top team in the group and also will advance.

In the first half, it had appeared as though the United States had struck first. About 30 minutes into the match, Alex Morgan headed the ball past Australian goalkeeper Teagan Micah for an apparent goal.

However, it went to video review and it was determined that Morgan was offside and it was ruled a no goal. Neither team would find the back of the goal, as Alyssa Naeher stopped the two shots she faced for the U.S. and Micah made four saves for Australia. 

While Australians have to wait and see if they will advance as one of the two No. 3 seeds that move on, the United States is set to play in the quarterfinals. Those begin on Friday, July 30.