The #1 ranked U.S. women's soccer team just beat #3 Brazil by one point in an overtime penalty kick shootout. The U.S. team, playing 55 minutes with a woman down, scored a literal last minute goal to tie up the game at 2-2 (following two goals by Brazil's forward, five-time FIFA world player of the year, Marta), sending the match into overtime. Described as gritty and winning over the German crowd, the women's team now moves into the semi-finals, scheduled for Wednesday against France. Japan and Sweden will also compete in a semifinal match on Wednesday.
I didn't even know there was a women's U.S. soccer team, let alone that we were ranked #1 and one game away from the FIFA World Cup. Strange what happens when you are surrounded by Europeans.
Being a fan of soccer i have enjoyed this tournament a great deal. I will, point out though, that you score a goal not a point and go to extra time not overtime;)
The german crowd got behind the USA in the game following the controversial penalty awarded to brazil and the even more controversial encroachment called on the first save. The brazilians brought out some cynical tactics and play acting to waste time late in the game which won them no favor from the germans either.
I was impressed with the way the women stepped up and took their penalties. They could teach the english men a thing or two.