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Hope Solo Stops Penalty Kick, Marta Scores on Second Chance (Video)

The U.S. women’s soccer team put together a comeback for the ages, scoring with a minute left to tie their quarterfinal game against Brazil in the World Cup. Even though the last-minute goal and subsequent shootout win gave the U.S. one of its most dramatic victories ever, it should have never come down to that.

Marta was awarded a penalty kick and Cristiane took the first attempt that was stopped by goal keeper Hope Solo. However, the referee ruled that there was movement prior to the kick so Brazil was given a second shot (attempted by Marta). Here is video of the controversial play:

There may have been movement prior to Marta’s kick, but it was minimal and something that isn’t ordinarily called. It looked like that goal was going to be the difference-maker in the contest until Abby Wambach scored in the final minute, sending the game to penalty kicks.

Call it Karma if you choose. I’ll just say Ball Don’t Lie.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.kulda Mark Kulda

    Melksham should not be allowed to referee any more games at the World Cup.  Her crew’s performance was poor and not World Cup quality.