2011 Women’s World Cup – U.S. Ousts Brazil on Penalty Kicks – NYTimes.com


Down to perhaps its last gasp, the United States women’s national team got the tying goal from Abby Wambach on a late header to force a penalty-kick shootout Sunday and the Americans incongruously and incredibly eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup in Dresden, Germany.

“These girls just bring out the best in each other,” United States Coach Pia Sundhage told ESPN after the match.

Ali Kreiger, who played professionally in Germany, sealed the win that sent the United States to Wednesday’s semifinal match against France when she tucked the fifth American penalty kick along the ground and inside the post. The successful kick deflated the Brazilians and sent the American players into a riotous celebration.

The United States, which had never been eliminated from the tournament before the semifinals, took a 1-0 lead in the second minute on a own goal by the Brazil defender Daiane. The stood up through a competitive first half and into the second half.

But in the 68th minute, Marta, Brazil’s five-time world player of the year, neatly chipped the ball to herself before she was taken down by defender Rachel Buehler. Brazil was awarded a penalty kick and Buehler was shown a straight red card by the referee Jacqui Melksham of Austria.

Brazil’s first penalty was stopped by goalkeeper Hope Solo, but Melksham ruled that Solo had moved off the goal line before the kick was taken. Brazil was awarded another try, which Marta converted.

Marta gave Brazil a seemingly insurmountable 2-1 lead when she scored off a half-volley in the 92nd minute, two minutes into the 30-minute extra time period

With time running out on the American team, the substitute Megan Rapinoe sent a long cross from the left flank into the penalty area. Brazil goalkeeper Andreia broke off her line too quickly and Wambach was there to nod the improbable equalizer into the net with time running out.

On to the shootout, where Solo stopped one of Brazil’s kicks and the United States converted all five its tries to advance to the semifinals.


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USA beats brazil to go to the semi-finals in the 2011 WORLD CUP!


YouTube – ‪Women’s World Cup Soccer 2011 Quarterfinals Brazil vs. USA Penalty Kicks (Shootout)‬‏


The tying goal that saved US women’s soccer game against Brazil.

YouTube – U.S. women’s soccer tying game vs Brazil


This has got to be the most amazing goal in soccer history, men’s or women’s. 

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