International Sports

U.S. beats Brazil in PKS in charged match at FIFA Women's today

Sunday - Dresden, Germany - Hope Solo deflected a shot away in a 5-3 penalty kicks victory over Brazil!Abby Wambach scored the equalizer for 2-2 in 2 minutes of extra time, which sent the quarterfinal contest to penalty kicks moments ago at the FIFA Women's World Cup today at Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium in Dresden. Having played a player down, defender Rachel Buehler was ousted from the match after receiving a red card in the 65th minute, Wambach scored the crucial goal to keep the USA banner flying. Ally Krieger scored the final penalty kick to send the U.S. contingent to the final four. Marta scored both goals for the Brazilians. Brazilian defender Daiane scored an own goal for the U.S. early in the 2nd minute. Daiane was attempting to guard against a cross shot by U.S. player Shannon Boxx.Brazil eliminated the U.S.A. from the international competition four years ago."It was phenomenal; the goal and then the pks. Somebody is writing this book. It's something about the American attitude and find a way to win. Ubelievable. Look at their face; it's contagious. I come from Sweden I got the opportunity to coach this wonderful team. A great attitude. They bring out the performance in each other," said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage."We never gave up. Brazil's a great team. It's unbelievable," said Wambach.Solo had 4 saves; Andreia had 3.In other matches, France defeated England 4-3 in penalty kicks; Japan beat Germany 1-0; Sweden defeated Australia 3-1.On Wednesday, the U.S. will face France, while Japan takes on the Swedes in the women's final four.