In what might be the most wildly controversial game we have seen in some time, the United States found some way to prevail behind the poise of their star player, Abby Wambach.
Leading throughout much of the game on an early own goal forced by US pressure, the Americans later received a red card in the box when Rachel Buehler took down Brazil's Marta in the 65th minute.
Madness quickly ensued from that point on.
Hope Solo saved the penalty attempt, but the save was taken away because of an infraction that was either Solo stepping off the line early or a player entering the box early; either way it was a ridiculous call that incensed the U.S. and fans in the stadium alike.
Marta then stepped up and tied the game at 1-1 with the re-kick.
The U.S. women battled with only 10 players and forced extra time only to see Marta strike again with a little flick inside the box that somehow found the back post in the first two minutes of extended time.
But that wasn't enough to hold down the U.S. either, and after an atrocious run of flopping, dropping and fake injuries from the Brazilian side, the game was extended for three extra minutes of penalty time.
That was all the U.S. needed, and second-half sub Megan Rapinoe played a beautiful ball down into the six-yard box, where Wambach's head was waiting to send home the equalizer for the more-than-deserving U.S. side.
The goal was the latest goal scored in World Cup history and it couldn't have happened in a better scenario.
The game consisted of a number of controversial calls and no calls from a referee squad that clearly realized they actually made themselves part of the game, but at least both teams had a fair chance in penalty shots to advance.
And that was all she wrote. The U.S. banged home each penalty kick in the shootout with confidence and poise, and Solo knocked aside the third Brazilian shot with a diving save.
For all the nonsense that ensued in this game, the U.S. earned a fitting ending behind the unmistakable talents of a world-class goalie and a superstar in Abby Wambach that single-"headedly" deserved nothing less than a victory in this match.