De Vanna denies Norway
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A stunning late strike from Lisa De Vanna kept Australia at the summit of Group C, sealing a 1-1 draw with Norway and underlining the striker's burgeoning reputation as the Matildas' supersub.

Norway appeared on course to secure a place in the quarter-finals, having led through Ragnhild Gulbrandsen's fifth-minute opener for much of the match, but there was no questioning that Australia merited a share of the spoils from this thrilling contest.

Australia coach Tom Sermanni made no fewer than six changes to the side that put four goals past Ghana on Wednesday, and when Gulbrandsen swept home her second goal in as many matches at China 2007, the wisdom of that decision was already being debated.

However, the Matildas refused to buckle, and after Collette McCallum had gone close with a trio of excellent first-half efforts, De Vanna rose from the bench to provide some penetration to the Aussies' enterprising approach play.

Indeed, it was after she had earlier hit the post that the Western Waves striker scored one of the goals of the tournament so far, turning to smash a superb left-foot drive into the postage stamp corner from 20 yards.

Player of the Match: Heather Garriock (AUS)