After a tie score of 2-2 in USA vs. Brazil’s quarterfinal match of the Women’s World Cup, an exhilarating finale of penalty kicks kicked the score up to 5-3, edging the U.S team to victory and sending them to the semifinals.
In a befittingly climactic header (see video) in the 122nd minute of the game, U.S. team member Abby Wambach tied the score, positioning Team USA for the win. Wambach commented with elation, “We believe we can win this tournament. I don’t know if you can write a better script.”
The U.S. pulled out an amazing win indeed, having played one woman short from the 66th minute forward of the game. This victory will be the U.S.’s fifth consecutive win against Brazil, having eliminated the Brazilian team from five of the seven most recent major women’s soccer tournaments. This also counts as a sort of revenge, as Brazil knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup in 2007. Team USA will advance to the semifinals this Wednesday against France, who’ve also eliminated England on penalty kicks this past Saturday.
The U.S., having faced considerable scrutiny over the course of the past eight months for losing four games, have spoken often of bringing back their resilience. Their resilience that was hard to deny after this last victory.