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Stina Blackstenius scored the only goal of a cagey match as Sweden beat Canada 1-0 in Paris on Monday to reach the women's World Cup quarter-finals.
Ajara Nchout's brilliant goal at the death gave Cameroon a dramatic 2-1 win over New Zealand on Thursday and took the Indomitable Lionesses through to the women's World Cup knockout stage.
Canada beat New Zealand 2-0 in a women's World Cup Group E game in Grenoble on Saturday to cement a place in the second round and leave the Kiwis on the brink of elimination.
Kadeisha Buchanan netted her first goal for Canada in a win over Cameroon, after Japan failed to overcome a resilient Argentina.
Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe, who will be right in the firing line for Canada at the women's World Cup in France, knows all about the fight for equality in a male-dominated sport.
England women's World Cup preparations were dealt a blow as veteran striker Christine Sinclair scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Canada in Manchester on Friday.
Second-half goals by Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath gave the United States a 2-0 victory over Canada on Sunday in the final of the North American Olympic qualifying tournament.
Three-time defending Olympic champion United States and 2012 bronze medalists Canada qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic women's football tournament Friday with victories in a North American regional tournament.
Coach Alen Stajcic admitted his young Matildas need to mature if they are to challenge for the big titles after exiting the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 loss to Japan.
England's "Lionesses" bared their claws once again as they brutally ended the campaign of hosts Canada 2-1 to advance to their first semi-final at the Women's World Cup where they meet champions Japan.
England ended host Canada's dream at the Women's World Cup 2-1 to advance to their first semi-finals at the tournament where they meet defending champions Japan, 1-0 winners over Australia.