Rafaelle gives Brazil hope from the spot
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Brazil and Sweden battled to a 1-1 draw in Group A which leaves the South Americans struggling to qualify for the quarter-finals with just a single point from two games while Sweden have four. Once again Antonia Goransson was on the mark for the Scandinavian side with a first-half goal to add to the two she scored on Tuesday against New Zealand. Brazil's equaliser came from the penalty spot in the second half.

It was a speedy, entertaining game in Bielefeld with both teams going flat out for the win. The best early chance fell to Sofia Jakobsson but she was unable to take advantage and generally defences were on top. When Rafaelle broke out with an attempted shot it proved easy for Hilda Carlen to make the save.

In the 36th minute Sweden surged in front, the move beginning with a fine tackle from captain Emilia Appelqvist on Andressa followed by a smart pass from Jakobsson. Once again Goransson was clinical with her finish.

Brazil stepped up the pace in the second half and when Alanna found Andressa an equaliser goal looked on the cards. But to the rescue came Carlen with an outstanding save.

Carlen then blotted her copybook with a foul in the penalty area and Rafaelle made no mistake from the spot. Ludmila came on for the South Americans and helped her team go up a level. With Sweden now fading as an attacking force, Brazil gained even more purpose with Alanna coming close.

The crowd responded enthusiastically when Sweden substitute Kristin Karlsson executed the same somersault flip before launching her throw-in in the identical fashion to Brazil’s Leah. There was nearly another goal for the fans to cheer but after just beating Carlen to a long ball, Ludmila saw her effort come back off the post.