Women's World Cup Bracket 2011: Quarterfinals Preview

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Women's World Cup Bracket 2011: Quarterfinals Preview
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We've finished the group stages of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, and despite a couple surprises, they ended like many thought they would.

Well, most of them did. 

Germany started slow but finished strong and ended up winning Group A like everyone knew they would. Their defense was not at all solid though.

France were the surprise second-placed team out of Group A as Canada were sent home with zero points and minus-six goal difference. 

England defeated Japan on Tuesday to win Group B, the Group of Hope, and both teams will now be in the quarters for just the second time.

Brazil also started slow, but they picked it up quickly and won Group D without any problems. Australia survived some controversy against Equatorial Guinea and surprised Norway to take the runner-up spot in the group.

The real surprise came when Sweden upset the US in their final group game Wednesday 2-1.

Sweden win the group for the first time and will take on Australia, while the US will now face Brazil in a mammoth quarterfinal clash.

Before the action gets underway this weekend, let's take a look at each quarterfinal match. 

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