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USA Women Defeat Brazil on Penalty Kicks

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USA's goalkeeper Hope Solo (once played professionally for the St. Louis Athletica) saves a penalty kick shot by Brazil's defender Daiane (not in picture) during the quarter-final match of the FIFA women's World Cup Brazil vs USA on July 10, 2011 in Dresden, Germany. The USA won the match after a penalty shoot-out. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

USA’s goalkeeper Hope Solo (once played professionally for the St. Louis Athletica) saves a penalty kick shot by Brazil’s defender Daiane (not in picture) during the quarter-final match of the FIFA women’s World Cup Brazil vs USA on July 10, 2011 in Dresden, Germany. The USA won the match after a penalty shoot-out. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — The Americans are moving on to the semifinals after one of the most exciting games ever at the Women’s World Cup — winning 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie.

Abby Wambach scored a thrilling goal Sunday to tie it in the 122nd minute, and former St. Louis Athletica goalkeeper Hope Solo denied the Brazilians again.

The U.S. made its first three penalty kicks, and Cristiane and Marta easily matched them. But then it was Daiane’s turn, the same Daiane who’d given the U.S. a 1-0 lead with an own goal in the second minute. She tried to go near post, but Solo batted it away.

The U.S. still had two more to make, but Megan Rapinoe buried a blast and Ali Krieger converted hers, too, sending the Americans racing onto the field in celebration.

The U.S. plays France on Wednesday in the semifinals. Game two will feature Japan versus Sweden.

Copyright Associated Press

 

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