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USA Falls, 4-0, Brazil in 2007 FIFA World Cup Semifinals -USA Gives Up Own Goal in 20th Minute
-Brazilian Star Marta Scores Two Goals Off Dynamic Dribbling runs
-Boxx Ejected In Stoppage Time of First Half, Forcing USA To Play Down for 45 Minutes
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© Brad Smith / isiphotos.com Related ArticlesPost-Match Quote Sheet: Brazil 4, USA 0HANGZHOU, China (Sept. 27, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Team endured a nightmare first half in which it scored an own goal and saw midfielder Shannon Boxx ejected. The U.S. was forced to chase the rest of the game against the dynamic and talented Brazilians who scored twice in both halves to defeat the USA, 4-0.
The USA will face Norway for third place on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 4:55 a.m. ET. The USA also played in the third-place match of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, defeating Canada, 3-1.
In front of a thunderous crowd of almost 50,000 fans and on a steamy hot night, the USA started well, getting a shot from Kristine Lilly just 15 seconds into the match that forced a dive from Brazilian goalkeeper Andreia. Boxx had a header off a free kick that she directed on net in the sixth minute, but once again Andreia saved it with a dive.
The first 20 minutes of the game saw clattering fouls from both teams, leading to free kicks in dangerous spots. Brazil forced some early pressure as well, hitting a free kick in the seventh minute that was deflected by U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry, off a Brazilian player and out of bounds.
The USA gifted Brazil its first goal in the 20th minute, coming off a corner kick that was spun to the near post. With no Brazilian players close to getting a touch on it, it skidded off the turf as midfielder Leslie Osborne dove to clear it, but instead inadvertently headed the ball into her own net from close range.
The second Brazil goal came seven minutes later on a piece of magical dribbling from Brazilian star Marta, who won a ball from defender Stephanie Lopez down the right flank. She dribbled inside and darted free, shooting between closing U.S. defenders Kate Markgraf and Cat Whitehill. Scurry got a hand on the ball, but couldn’t turn it outside the right post.
The USA fought back, as Lilly bent a free kick from outside the penalty box on the right side that almost flew into the upper left corner of the goal and barely missed two crashing U.S. players.
Then disaster struck in stoppage time of the first half.
Boxx had received an early yellow card in the 15th minute for upending a Brazilian player and was caught chasing a Brazilian counter attack in the 46th minute. Brazilian forward Cristiane bumped Boxx from behind, got tangled in her legs and both went down in a heap. In a harsh decision by referee Nicole Petignat, she whistled the foul, pulled out a second yellow, then red and sent Boxx to the locker room.
U.S. head coach Greg Ryan inserted Carli Lloyd for Lopez at halftime as the USA went to a 3-4-2 formation, but against the talented Brazilians and playing a woman down, the Americans faced a daunting task to get back in the game.
“It was a very difficult game for us tonight,” said Ryan. “I want to congratulate my players…I am very proud of the effort that they put in tonight. The game didn’t go our way, but I’m very proud of all of our young women who put in the last two-to-three years of their commitment, time, dedication, to come out and give their best tonight. To say that, this game is one game, and it’s over now, and we’re moving on to prepare for our game against Norway.” (More Quotes)
With the 2-0 lead and up a player, Brazil possessed the ball and created counter attacks. After midfielder Maycon had two close calls in the 50th and 52nd minutes, skidding shots just past the post, it seemed that Brazil might get another, and they did, scoring the third goal in the 56th minute.
Renata Costa got free down the left flank on the counter attack and played a square pass to a wide open Cristiane in the middle of the penalty area. She slotted into the left corner from 12 yards out, giving Scurry no chance.
“I don’t think we were surprised, we knew what they were going to do,” said Lilly. “We didn’t start off the way we wanted to. They were beating us to the ball most of the time and I think they had the momentum going their way. The first goal was a fluke, then Marta scored a good goal, and then we are down a man and we are just trying to keep our heads above water. The team fought to the end and Brazil was the better team today.”
After giving up the two first half goals and losing Boxx, the Americans tried to mount some offense in the second half, but the energetic and extremely quick Brazilian side was up to the task.
Lilly had a strike at goal in the 63rd minute as Lori Chalupny toe-poked a ball free after Abby Wambach nodded a free kick down with her head, but she shot straight at the Brazilian ‘keeper. Lloyd did get a chance from distance in 54th, but fired wide left. Andreia also had to punch away a high shot from Wambach in the 69th minute.
The end of the game belonged to Marta, who put on a dazzling display of dribbling and scored the capper in the 80th minute. She took a chipped pass from Renata Costa in the left side of the penalty box with her back to the goal, flicked the bouncing ball around substitute Tina Ellertson to the inside, ran around her to the outside, then cut inside to evade Whitehill before hitting her shot into the lower left corner. Once again Scurry got a glove to it, but couldn’t turn it away. The two goals gave Marta a tournament-leading seven in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Markgraf had to leave the game in the 74th minute after injuring her ankle a few minutes earlier, allowing defender Marian Dalmy to make her Women’s World Cup debut.
It was the first loss in regulation time for the U.S. women in the past 51 games and first-ever loss under Ryan. The four-goal deficit also marked the biggest margin of defeat in U.S. history.
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Brazil
Competition: 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Semifinal
Venue: Hangzhou Dragon Stadium – Hangzhou, China
Date: Sept. 27, 2007; Kickoff – 8 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET
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Took the bullet train to Hongzhou for the game. Brazil owned us in this game. Some questionable calls but in the end Brazil played tremendous. Marta is amazing. If you haven't had a chance, watch the highlights on ESPN.com.