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Japan blanks Brazil to set up semifinal showdown vs. France

CBSSports.com wire reports

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Yuki Ogimi scored a goal and then set up another to give world champion Japan a 2-0 victory over Brazil on Friday and a place in the semifinals of the women's Olympic soccer competition.

Japan will play France on Monday.

Ogimi's goal came at 27 minutes after she ran onto a quickly taken free kick by Homare Sawa. In the second half, she beat a player, then made a long pass to Shinobu Ohno, who chipped the ball over the Brazilian keeper.

Brazil, playing for its first Olympic gold, came close on occasion but failed to make good chances against a disciplined, fast-passing Japanese team.

France advanced on Friday by beating Sweden 2-1.

France defenders Laura Georges and Wendie Renard scored a goal each after Sweden captain Nilla Fischer had put her team in the lead in the 17th minute after the ball bounced off her shoulder following a corner kick.

Georges scored with a header in the 29th and Renard added the other in the 39th.

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