It may go down as the most memorable if not most amazing game in World Cup History, men’s or women’s, as The United States beat Brazil Sunday 5-3 on penalty kicks after 2-2 tie. Abby Wambach tied it up as US goalkeeper Hope Solo denied the Brazilians.
Two minutes into stoppage time, Megan Rapinoe sent a blast of a cross from the left side that Andreia didn’t come close to getting her hands on. Wambach, one of the best players in the world in the air, made contact and with one furious whip of her head, buried it in the near side of the net.
Wambach let out a primal scream and slid into the corner, pumping her fists and quickly mobbed by teammates. It was the latest goal in World Cup history.
“Not for one second,” Wambach said when asked if she ever felt the Americans were beat. “I kept saying, all it takes is one chance. I kept holding up one finger to the girls.”
“I really don’t know what to say. I think that is a perfect example of what this country is about. What the history of this team has always been. We never give up. We literally went to the last second it seems. I mean, Hope. How many penalties has she saved legitimately today? We never gave up. Brazil is a great team. I really don’t have many words for this.”
The USA will now travel to Monchengladbach where it will face France in the semi final on July 13, with kick off at 11:30 ET.
(some quotes and stats obtained from Associated Press)