Commentators exclaimed that the first five minutes of play in the Fifa Women's World Cup 2011 Quarterfinals would answer many of the questions floating within and around the stadium.
In truth those minutes only accelerated the rates of the players wills. Brazil defensive players made a costly mistake and put the ball in their own net! Still, a celebration on the side of the United States.
This became the only penetration of the goal line for the remaining of the first half and the start of the second half. Brazil began striking with vigor focus and often on the US goalie. She repelled all of the attempts made from the team hosting the five time player of the year.
A controversial and conversational call made by an assertive referee within the boundaries of the box led toward the amazing save on a Brazilian penalty kick from the US goalie and ejection of a US defensive player. The whistle blew during her mid jolt of celebration. The call prompted a second attempt at the penalty kick. Brazil changed the striker and scored to tie the game.
That score held until the end of regulation. The US failed to score a goal of their own, and Brazil's miscue was relieved from a lenient second chance. The first half of extra time gave the lead to Brazil. The following 15 minutes of extra time would define the fitness of the US team. Many favored the conditioning of the remaining players on the active roster. Injury time was added after the initial minutes had expired. Down to the final eighty-five seconds a timely assisted header landed the ball beyond the grasp of the Brazilian keeper.
The game was decided by penalty kicks. In short the United States advanced to the semi-finals of the 2011 Fifa Women's World Cup.