17.06.2015 03:55 h

Australia advance despite Sweden stalemante

Australia advanced to the last 16 of the Women's World Cup on Monday despite being held 1-1 by Sweden in their final group game.

Captain Lisa De Vanna scored after five minutes for the Matildas but ten minutes later Sweden were on level terms thanks to Sofia Jakobsson's equaliser at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

A draw was enough to see Australia through to the knockout round for a third consecutive time as they finish second in Group D behind the United States.

The USA lead the group with seven points after beating Nigeria 1-0 in Vancouver, with Australia on four.

As second in Group D, Australia next play Brazil in Moncton next Sunday.

Sweden have three points and could advance to the next round as one of the four best third-placed finishers out of the six groups.

African champions Nigeria are eliminated with just one point.