Sweden stakes claim as a World Cup favorite by stopping Japan

Sweden beat Japan to enter the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup.

Sweden first defeated the United States and then defeated Japan to stake their claim as the favourites.

Sweden, the 2003 World Cup runners-up and three-time third-place finisher, beat Japan 2–1.

Engeldal converted a penalty in the second half to give Sweden a slight upset. 

The Japanese eventually came back late to put serious pressure on Sweden goalkeeper Jesira Musovic.

Japan did very well in this tournament, scoring 14 goals in a 4–0 record.

The crowd celebrated Sweden's victory by dancing to songs by Swedish rock band ABBA.

After this victory, Sweden will now play the semi-finals against Spain on Tuesday.