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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins Thriller, Advances To World Cup Semifinals

Trailing 2-1 with only two minutes remaining in extra time, Megan Rapinoe crossed a fantastic ball into the right side of the box. Abby Wambach did the rest, scoring the tying goal on a header right past the Brazil goalie.

The entire goal-scoring sequence was a thing of beauty, and the U.S. national team prevailed in penalty kicks (5-3).

The U.S. got on the board early in the second minute with an own goal from the Brazil side. Brazil trailed for about 70 more minutes, but they were able to net the equalizer in the 68th minute on a penalty kick from Marta. Brazil then took a 2-1 lead early in extra time with another goal from Marta, and the U.S. was extremely close to elimination.

Wambach delivered with the header, and the rest was history. I never thought a Women's World Cup game would provide so much excitement, what a game. The U.S. will play France in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Video of the goal after the jump...

Abby Wambach Goal in Extra Time In Extra time!! vs. Brazil (via 2MrSoccerblues2000)

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