July 10, 2011 by staff
Marta Brazilian, U.S. women’s team ranks number one in the world but coming off a 2-1 loss to Sweden in the World Cup. No. 3 in Brazil comes into the game with a 3-0 record in World Cup and has one of the best players in the game superstar Marta. The forward 25 years old is five times FIFA World Player of the year.
The winner of today’s game qualifies for the semifinals on Wednesday. The loser goes home. The Americans are seeking their first championship of the World Cup since 1999. Brazil has never won the World Cup.
2:14: Ali Krieger Brazil beats U.S. fifth clean criminal. Boxx, Lloyd, Wambach, Krieger Rapinoe and for USA.
2:11: kick shootout. Just made a great penalty kick Daiane. The first after losing the first three U.S. players have clean kicks.
2:00: Wambach is tied at the 122nd minute on a header. He went to penalty shootout.
1:29: Brazil took a 2-1 lead in overtime on a goal from Marta.
12:54: Brazil is tied to a penalty from Marta. Unusual circumstances that created it. Rachel Buehler saw the red card. Cristiane was the first time just punches PK successfully. But the referee said he only moved very quickly. Marta allowing them to take the second PK.
12:50: 63, Lloyd header bounced off the top of the crossbar.
12:41: U.S. gets a break as referee lost ball from the hand of Lloyd in 51 minutes. Brazil claims Lloyd should have been expelled.
12:25: U.S. leads 1-0 at halftime. Brazil has taken six shots on goal to the U.S. three. Americans have the power advantage, 53-47. The first half was physical Carli Lloyd collect yellow with Martha and Aline.
12:14, 44 minutes, players from Brazil showing some frustration. Aline picks up a yellow card after a pitch from Abby Wambach. Marta also receives a yellow card after complaining of falling Wambach.
12:06: Another good save U.S. Only Hope Cristiane guard shot at 36.
11:52: Brazil has the best chance so far – a header by Aline on the side of the net on 23 minutes.
11:32 a.m. ET: USA has an early lead of 1-0 in the second minute of Brazil Daiane an own goal. The goal came after Shannon Boxx drove and sent to the box where Abby Wambach was waiting. It is the first U.S. has had during this tournament.
Yesterday there was talk of possible rain during the long-awaited US-Brazil quarterfinal, but as he approached the game time were not mostly sunny skies costs, with some scattered clouds.
It is hot and humid, though, so try to stay hydrated can be a chore. The playing field is divided between sun and shade at this time. It has to be hot on the lawn.
As for the lineups, with few surprises. No, U.S. Coach Pia Sundhage did not pull a Greg Ryan and replace Hope Solo in goal. (If you do not understand, never mind).
Sundhage took the left side Amy LePeilbet, as indicated by it. LePeilbet during the tournament has struggled to keep pace with the opposition forwards and his death. Sundhage has given a long leash, however, recognizing that LePeilbet) is a tough competitor, and b) is normally a central defender and is playing out of position.
“Its kind of taking one for the team,” said Sundhage.
Heather O’Reilly, who makes a big difference in the right flank of U.S. attack when healthy, is 100%, according to Sundhage. O’Reilly missed the loss to Sweden with a groin strain suffered in the game of Colombia, which opened the scoring.
It remains to be seen whether the German fans will check out of this tournament after the terrible loss of the German national team to Japan on Saturday night.
All tickets sold for this game. The stadium holds 22,933. Twenty minutes before the game, a lot of empty seats remained, but there seems to be a problem at this stage to get fans through the turnstiles in a timely manner. There are lots of flags of Brazil and the U.S. all, however. Besides those who arrive late (?) Crowd, there is a sense of excitement in the air, as discussed in a final quarterfinals. Of course, especially with Germany no longer exists, it is.
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