2011 FIFA Women's World Cup: Final Score Update USA vs Brazil
The US overcame controversial decisions and to an extent Brazil to reach the semifinals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
US took the extremely early lead in the second minute, but some questionable decisions helped Marta get Brazil back in.
The US played with 10 after Rachel Buehler was sent off in the 67th minute.
Marta scored in the second minute of extra time to leave the US hanging by a thread.
A brilliant cross from Megan Rapinoe found Abby Wambach who rose to head it into the back of the net and send the game to penalties.
Daiane, who scored the own goal early to give the US the lead, saw her shot saved by Solo, and it was Ali Krieger who put the winning in two shots later.
The US will face France Wednesday in the semifinals.
Team USA takes on Brazil in Dresden, Germany today with the winner claiming the last spot in the semifinals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The match kicks off at 11:30 a.m. EST.
France defeated England on penalties to become the first team in, and they await the winner of this match.
Japan stunned women's football by defeating powerhouse, two-time defending champion and overwhelming favorite Germany 1-0 in extra time Saturday and will meet Sweden, who defeated Australia 3-1 earlier Sunday.
Brazil is hoping to make its third trip to the semis while the US has never finished lower than third place.
No one expected to see No. 1 USA take on No. 3 Brazil this early, but the US couldn't seal the deal in its own group, and Brazil is definitely the less happy of the two.
Brazil had a clear path to the finals and the best chance to win its first ever Women's World Cup, and they now have to go through the team who's ousted them in four of the last six major finals, including the gold medal game of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
The No. 1 goalkeeper in the world, Hope Solo, will be taxed with keeping out the five-time World Player of the Year Marta and the rest of Brazil's speedy, skillful attack, and this should no doubt be the match of the tournament.
Keep it tuned to Bleacher Report for regular updates on the match, and get in on the commentary yourself in the comments section below!
Live Score: USA 2-2 Brazil Fulltime, 5-3 penalties
Daiane (OG) 2' Wambach 122'
Marta 67' (penalty), 92'
Great team and individual performances by Team USA today.
Brazil will have to rethink some things after this. They have fantastic talent, but do not play together much.
They don't get much support from their country, but they may have to prove they can win a big trophy before that happens.
Marta was not good today. She's the best in the world, and she played pretty petulantly today. Angry about not getting calls, arguing constantly, at times ignoring her teammates and taking it upon herself.
The incessant boos probably didn't help.
Rachel Buehler will not be eligible to play against France Wednesday because of the straight red, but all yellow cards are wiped off for the next round.
The winning penalty came from Ali Krieger who plays for FFC Frankfurt in Germany.
Wambach's equalizer was the latest goal in Women's World Cup history.
What a performance by the US! The US played close to half of the game down a player, and you wouldn't have known it by their heart.
Both of Brazil's goals came with controversy.
The penalty was a shady call, and Buehler was unlucky to be sent off. Solo made a great save on Cristiane, but it was called off for reasons unknown, and Marta scored the next to equalize.
US was the better side even a player down, but Marta scored an acrobatic goal early in extra time when Maurine (assist) was offside.
Abby Wambach scored her 120th international goal in the 122nd minute with a brilliant header from a fantastic pass Megan Rapinoe, who had another great substitute performance.
The US took five perfect penalties, and Daiane, who was unlucky to concede the own goal in the second minute (it was going in no matter what) made a decent effort, but Hope Solo was equal to it.
US goes through to the semis 2-2, 5-3 on penalties. Everyone on the US team was incredible today.
So much controversy in this game, but it is the just result.
Brazil were not impressive today. Downright insulting to their individual talent, but to be fair to them, they don't near the support US or Germany get from their countries.
So No. 2 Germany and No. 3 Brazil are out. US will meet France in the semis.
Incredible heart by US to play a man down for 65 minutes! Score with minutes left in stoppage time of extra time to go to penalties!
Five perfect penalties. Absolutely incredible!
So dersevered! The ref put Brazil this far! But the US took it away!
USA USA USA!!!! IN THE SEMIS!
Down to Krieger
It's all down to Francielle.
Brilliant save. Feel a little bad for Daiane today.
Daiane misses. SOLO SAVES!
It's Marta. You can tell by the boos.
Andreia jumped yards off, Boxx's will be retaken.
US will go first in penalties. Five each, if still tied, sudden death.
12 years ago today, US won the 1990 World Cup on Brandi Chastain's penalty kick.
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