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German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer celebrates with teammates after making a save on the final penalty kick to defeat France at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. All five Germans scored in the shootout, while France scored on its first four attempts before Angerer stopped Claire Lavogez on the final shot.Eric Bolte

Germany scored the equalizer late in regulation time and then defeated France in a shootout in a quarter-final between two of the world's top teams Friday at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

All five Germans scored in the shootout, while France scored on its first four attempts until Nadina Angerer stopped Claire Lavogez on the final shot.

Normal time ended 1-1 as Louisa Nécib put France ahead in the 64th minute, but Célia Sasic equalized from the penalty spot in the 84th to force extra time.

The two-time champion Germans remain at Olympic Stadium for a semi-final on Tuesday between either the United States or China. Germany will play in a fifth semi-final in their past seven Women's World Cups.

Jessica Houara played a high ball into the penalty area that went off a defender to Nécib, whose shot changed direction off Babett Peter's foot and left Angerer no chance for the save to give France the lead.

The Germans got it back when Canadian referee Carol Anne Chénard pointed to the spot after Leonie Maier's pass at the edge of the penalty area was blocked by Amel Majri's outstretched arm.

Sasic slotted in her tournament-leading sixth goal.

The French missed a glorious chance with three minutes left in extra time when Gaetane Thiney couldn't handle a cross from Houara with the right side of the net gaping open.

The game between top-ranked Germany and third-ranked France had been called an "early final," but the French, who beat the Germans 2-0 in a friendly in October, controlled much of the play and had most of the scoring chances in normal time.

Spurred by a decidedly pro-France crowd of 24,859, France nearly scored in the first minute, but Nécib put Elodie Thomis's cross just wide. Then Eugénie Le Sommer headed Amandine Henry's high ball wide in the 24th.

And Angerer made her best save when she got a hand on Necib's blast from inside the area in the 38th.

German star Anja Mittag, with five goals in the tournament, was substituted at the intermission by Dzsenifer Marozsan.

Peter was playing in place of defender Saskia Batusiak, who was suspended one game for yellow card accumulation.

ESPN Stats reported that Germany is 12-for-12 all time in penalties at the Women's World Cup.

U.S. too strong for China

The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women's World Cup after their 1-0 win over China on Friday set up a last four encounter with Germany.

The Americans came into the quarter-final in Ottawa missing two key players through suspension but proved far too strong for a young, defensively-minded Chinese side, who seemed more and more intimidated as the game went on.

Captain Carli Lloyd scored the winner in the 51st minute, jumping high to head home a long looping cross from defender Julie Johnston.

Ali Krieger also hit the post with a drive in the 73rd minute.

The win earned the Americans a semi-final slot next Tuesday in Montreal against Germany, who earlier beat France on penalties after their game finished 1-1 after extra time.

"I think it was a very good performance tonight ... the players have a good feeling leaving the field and that will help buoy us going into the Germany game," said coach Jill Ellis.

After being criticized for sluggish play earlier in the tournament, the United States looked much sharper and pressured the Chinese from the start, with only some wayward finishing preventing them from scoring several goals.

World Cup winners in 1991 and 1999, the Americans showed no signs of being hampered by the suspensions of first-choice midfielders Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe.

"We wanted to come out hard and strong from the start ... the more pressure we put China under the more they coughed the ball up," said Lloyd.

"I think we're going to be flying next game."

Tuesday's match will be a repeat of the 2003 semi-final, which Germany won 3-0.