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Women’s World Cup Classic

2011 July 10
by Stanley Quan

Earlier today, I saw one of the best soccer games I’ve ever seen.

In the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals, the US Women’s National Team beat Brazil 5-3 in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 tie after regulation and overtime.

It was a very back and forth game featuring two of the top teams in the world. But it was the way one side played that was so inspiring. The US squad, despite being down a player for most of the game, kept fighting and pushing. It looked like their efforts were all going to be for naught when this happened in the very last minute of extra stoppage time in overtime:

The way the US was playing, they deserved to win. But after having watched so many sports events over my life, I knew that the best team didn’t always win… Moments before the tying goal, the TV commentator even said that it looked like the Americans would go down in their worst performance in Women’s World Cup (they’ve never lost before the semi-finals). I was starting to give up hope too.

And then a kick here and a header there, and GOALLLLLLLL! Such an exciting and exhilarating play. Scoring in the 122nd minute, it was the latest goal scored from the run of play in Women’s World Cup history.

The rest of the game highlights:

Recently, US national soccer teams sure have a flair for the dramatic.

2 Responses
  1. Tim Tuff permalink
    July 11, 2011

    It was definitely an exciting game. Rapino was a monster most of the second half, and that pass was absolutely amazing.

    • Stanley Quan permalink*
      July 11, 2011

      From start to finish. What a beautiful, clutch pass.

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