Womens Soccer

Brazil 2 (USA wins on PKs, 5-3), USA 2

Date of competition: Sunday, July 10, 2011

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The world's No. 1-ranked team still has a chance to keep it that way while remaining alive in the 2011 Women's World Cup following one of the most riveting games in the history of the event. That scenario played out after the Team USA toppled Brazil, 5-3, on penalty kicks after a miraculous 2-2 tie on Sunday in Dresden, Germany.

Abby Wambach tied it with a magnificent, leaping header in the 122nd minute, and goalkeeper Hope Solo denied the Brazilians again as the U.S. advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday against France.

For Brazil, it is yet another disappointment at a major tournament. And this one is sure to sting more than any others because Marta had it won for the Brazilians on Sunday, scoring her second goal of the game in the second minute of overtime for the 2-1 lead that would have sent the Americans to their earliest exit ever. But Erika stalled when she went down on a tackle, and the delay added three minutes of stoppage time to the game.

That was all the time Wambach and the Americans needed, after pushing themselves to limit while playing a woman short from the 66th minute on after Stanford grad Rachel Buehler received a red card. Two minutes into stoppage time, Megan Rapinoe sent a blast of a cross from the left side that Andreia didn't come close to getting her hands on. Wambach, one of the best players in the world in the air, made contact and with one furious whip of her head, buried it in the near side of the net.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

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posted by Palo Alto Online on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

Video The U.S. women score the tying goal in the final seconds before beating Brazil in penalty kicks in a wild 2011 Women's World Cup semifinal. Video courtesy YouTube.com.
 
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