Sunday, July 10, 2011

Highlights: USWNT Advances After Penalty Shootout Against Brazil

It was a roller coaster of a match in Dresden, Germany on Sunday July 10, 2011, when the United States and Brazil met in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

It was an own goal, put into the net by Daiane, that gave the United States an early lead:

Then in controversial confluence of events, Rachel Buehler picked up a red card in the 65th minute, but after Hope Solo stopped a penalty kick taken by Cristiane, but, after an encroachment call, the penalty was retaken, and converted, by Marta:

The match stayed tied at 1-1 as regulation came to end. Marta picked up her second goal of the match, giving Brazil the lead, early in extra time:

The score remained 2-1 in favor of Brazil as the clock ticked off 120 minutes, but it was Abby Wambach who saved the United States with this header:

Thanks to Wambach's header, the math was sent to penalty kicks:

The United States will face France in the semifinals on Wednesday.

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