July 10, 2011

USA Women Rally to Beat Brazil in Shootout

By - Kris Fletcher

In one of the best soccer games in recent memory, the United States rallied in the final minute of extra time against Brazil and forced a penalty shootout, which they won 5-3, to advance to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.

Abby Wambach scored in the 122nd minute for the U.S. to tie the game at 2-2 following extra time. It was the latest goal ever scored in the history of the tournament.

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"That is a perfect example of what this country is all about," Wambach told ESPN following the victory. "We just never gave up."

The win maintains the women's streak of never having lost prior to the semifinal round of the World Cup. It also avenged a 4-0 loss to Brazil in the 2007 semifinals, and came twelve years after the United States prevailed in a tiebreaker against China to win the championship.

Up next, the U.S. takes on France in the semifinals Wednesday.

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