A penalty from Megan Rapinoe and a rocket from Rose Lavelle put the tie beyond the battling Dutch.
The action started early in Nice with three goals scored — 2-1 for Sweden — before the referee whistled half time.
The Women’s World Cup final is in Lyon this Sunday - and it's hoped that beyond it the spotlight will continue to shine on women’s football.
Buoyed by their 3-0 win over Norway in the quarter finals, the Lionesses believe they can beat tournment favourites and defending champions USA in Lyon on Tuesday night.
Olympique Lyonnais club president Jean-Michel Aulas is one of the most influential figures in women's football. He spoke to Euronews about what the future holds for women' football.
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Megan Rapinoe struck twice as the United States beat hosts France 2-1 in the women's World Cup quarter-finals at the Parc des Princes on Friday to set up a semi-final clash with England.
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Free-scoring USA head into their match against the unfancied Spanish after a group stage haul of 18 goals without reply. They remain the bookies' favourites for the tournament.
Bayern Munich striker Lineth Beerensteyn scored the winning goal 15 minutes from time after Canada's Christine Sinclair cancelled out the Dutch lead.
Chile have been eliminated from the Women's World Cup after a missing a last-minute penalty that would have sent them through to the knockout stage.
Cameroon beat New Zealand 2-1 with injury time goal.
England progress to round of 16 thanks to Ellen White's two goals against Japan.
Marta became the top scorer in world cup history after scoring a goal against Italy on Tuesday.
Australia's Sam Kerr had a spectacular feat on Tuesday by scoring all of four goals in game against Jamaica.
South Korea out of the women's World Cup after Norway defeated them 2-1.
It is the first time Spain has entered the knockout stage but they are likely to next face the current Women's World Cup title holder, the US.
Thirteen of New Zealand's players threatened to walk out a year ago after denouncing a culture of bullying and intimidation under then-coach Andreas Heraf.
Defending champions USA beat Chile 3-0 on Sunday.
Sweden secured their place in the knockout stage after beating Thailand 5-1.
Canada joins the Netherlands in the knockout stage after beating New Zealand.
The Netherlands beat Cameroon beat 3-1 securing their place in the knockout stages
Italy ease into the knockout stages after thrashing Jamaica 5-0
Scotland might see their world cup dreams cut short after upsetting loss against Japan on Friday.
Li Ying's goal hands China a win over South Africa.