Former champions Norway eliminated hosts China on Sunday with a 1-0 victory in quarter-final action at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in Wuhan.
Teenage striker Isabell Herlovsen capitalized on a defensive miscue by Chinese defender Wang Kun in the 32nd minute to give Norway the decisive goal.
Veteran goalkeeper Bente Nordby,the only remaining member of Norway's 1995 championship squad,collected the shutout.
Norway will meet Germany in Wednesday's semifinal in Tianjin (CBC, 7:45 a.m. ET) with the winner advancing to the final on Sept. 30.
Buoyed by the 52,000 enthusiastic fans on hand at Wuhan, the Chinese squad, nicknamed the Steel Roses, carried the bulk of the play in the opening half, but it was Norway who struck first.
Leni Larsen Kaurin dribbled the ball through midfield and played a diagonal cross into the box for Herlovsen. The pass was off target but Chinese defender Wang was pedestrian in clearing the ball out of danger, which allowed the 19-year-old Herlovsen to win it and coolly convert the ball past goaltender Zhang Yanru for the 1-0 lead.
"The game was very tight and we could manage to score because they made a mistake in defence and our striker was very quick to react on that," Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen said. "Sometimes tight games are like this, they are decided on mistakes like that."
China's much-hyped striking tandem of Han Duan and Ma Xiaoxu created plenty of openings in the offensive third all game long, but between Nordby's goalkeeping and strong defending by Trine Ronning and Ane Stangeland Horpestad, the duo could not find the equalizer.
China, which played with four forwardsfor the final 20 minutes of the game,outshot the Norwegians 21-8 in total.
"We created chances today and we didn't score," coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors said. "In the second half you have to change a little bit so we played 3-3-4 and it nearly worked, but very close and close is not good enough."
China, which hosted theinaugural Women's World Cup in 1991, was seeking its first world crown.The Steel Roses, who finished fourth in 1995 and second in 1999, also lost 1-0 to Canada in the 2003 quarter-finals.