The United States women's team advance in the quarter-finals against the much-fancied Brazilians in Germany with Ali Krieger netting the decisive spot-kick in the shoot-outIt was one of the all-time dramatic matches in women's soccer history as the United States women's national team overcame a controversial call on a penalty kick, a red card and a one-goal deficit in extra-time to secure a 5-3 penalty win over Brazil to advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Forward Abby Wambach scored with a header in the 122nd minute to level the scores at 2-2 and send the game to penalty kicks, where goalkeeper Hope Solo saved Brazil's third attempt to secure the win for the US.
Marta, the five-time World Player of the Year, scored Brazil's first two goals after an own goal by Daiane in the second minute gave the US an early lead. It took a whole two hours before the Americans were able to score again.
A long pass from Megan Rapinoe found Wambach, who headed the ball in from right in front of the goal with just seconds left in stoppage time. It was the second goal during this year's World Cup for Wambach, who had been in one of the worst slumps of her career.
The Americans seemed all but eliminated from the tournament following Marta's goal early in extra-time. They were playing with only 10 players following a bizarre sequence midway through the second half that began with a controversial call by the referee.
Marta was illegally taken down in the box by what initially appeared to be an aggressive tackle by defender Rachel Buehler, who was handed a red card for the challenge. Replays, however, suggested that there may not have been a foul at all.
Cristiana took the first penalty kick during the shoot-out after the game finished 2-2 after extra-time, which was deflected away by Solo. After a quick celebration by the US team, the referee ran over to Solo with a yellow card for moving off the goal-line. Marta stepped up for the second and easily knocked it in.
Wambach scored the third of the United States' five penalties moments before Daiane continued her disastrous afternoon by watching her attempt get denied by Solo. Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger also beat Brazil goalkeeper Andreia.
The penalty triumph for the United States sees them through to the semi-finals of the tournament, where they will face England's conquerors France.
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