The United States Women’s National Soccer Team beat chief rival, Brazil, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Women’s World Cup today. They did so in the most amazing fashion possible.
The U.S. Women struck early, with a cross from Shannon Boxx that struck off a Brazilian defender for an own goal. The U.S. held the 1-0 lead into the half, but soon faced grim circumstances. The undisputed best player in the world, Brazil’s Marta, took the ball into the box with a gorgeous self-pass and questionably drew a foul which led to a penalty kick and red card for Rachel Buehler.
Hope Solo blocked Marta’s initial penalty kick, but the referee ordered a retake, due to an extremely debatable movement penalty before the shot. She scored on the second try and the United States played the rest of the match down a woman.
Marta struck again with two minutes gone in extra time. A player who was almost certainly offside assisted her but it wasn’t called. The United States seemed certain to lose at this point, which only 28 minutes left to play and momentum against them.
With 121 minutes total played, the United States had one last try in stoppage time to score an equalizer. Rapinoe took it down the side and crossed it into the box. She found the head of Abby Wambach who netted it for the latest goal in World Cup history.
The United States rode their momentum into penalty kicks and things were even until Brazil lined up for their third kick. Hope solo made a brilliant save, sprawling out to block Daiane’s shot. The US sunk their next two kicks and won the most improbable victory in perhaps World Cup history.
Karma may just have had her way with Brazil. With less than 10 minutes remaining in overtime and holding a one-goal lead, with an extra player on the field, Brazil continuously stalled and took time for phantom injuries. At one point a player came off on a stretcher yet unstrapped herself and ran back onto the field not two minutes later. The United States exemplified class throughout the match and continued to fight against the odds.
This perseverance was ultimately rewarded with perhaps the most memorable and important goal in World Cup history. Wambach’s 122nd minute strike. In an interview after the match, Wambach was quoted as saying “That is a perfect example of what this (United States) country is all about.”
The United States National Women’s team fought hard and against the odds and pulled out the most exciting and memorable victory in this countries history. They should have quit, they should have sulked, but they kept their heads up and fought for a win that will go down in history.
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Posted on July 10, 2011 by Puma-SF