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Brazil 1, Germany 1

July 26, 1996

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Sissi scored off the right goalpost in the 53rd minute and Brazil tied Germany 1-1 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Olympic women’s soccer tournament.

Sissi and Roseli provided the offensive pressure as Brazil (1-0-2) recovered from a 1-0 first-half deficit. Germany (1-2-0), who needed to win to advance in Group F, missed several close chances in the final minutes.

Exhausted and shocked by getting knocked out, the players collapsed and stayed on the Legion Field turf for several minutes afterward. The Brazilians waved to the crowd and sidestepped their opponents during a victory lap.

Brazil plays China on Sunday at Athens, Ga.

Pia Wunderlich gave Germany a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game, breaking in on the left side and beating goalkeeper Meg to the right corner.

Brazil nearly tied in the 28th minute when Roseli struck the post. A few minutes later, a defender blocked another shot by Roseli out of bounds.

Sissi finally tied it at the start of the second half, faking a defender for a clean look at the goal and sending a low shot off the right post and into the net.

Another brilliant chance was missed when Roseli struck a centering pass to Pretinha, who slid through the goalmouth and kicked it wide.

The Germans had their chances. Birgit Prinz trapped a pass in front, spun to her right and blasted a shot right at Meg in the 58th minute. Ten minutes later, Meg blocked Kerstin Stegemann’s shot off the crossbar.

Dagmar Pohlmann had one of several good chances at the end, but Germany could not convert.

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