USA earns thrilling 4-3 comeback win against Brazil at 2017 Tournament of Nations in front of 21,096 fans!
In a wild ending at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday evening, the U.S. Women’s National Team scored three goals in nine minutes at the end of the match to overturn a 3-1 deficit and earn a thrilling 4-3 win against Brazil.
Australia leads the Tournament of Nations after a 4-2 victory against Japan in the first game of the day, but the win keeps the USA alive for the tournament title. All four teams now head north for the conclusion of the competition on Aug. 3 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., as Australia takes on Brazil (4:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3) and the USA faces Japan (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and UDN).
In order to win the tournament, the USA will need to defeat Japan, have Brazil defeat Australia, and overturn a three-goal difference.
Brazil scored in just the second minute on a swirling shot from Andressinha that was misplayed by Alyssa Naeher, but the USA leveled it 16 minutes later when Samantha Mewis ran onto a square pass from Megan Rapinoe at the top of the penalty box and smashed a low, driven shot into the left corner.
While both teams were dangerous in the attack throughout the match, the USA created the better chances and eventually out-shot Brazil 24-13. But it was the South Americans who took the 3-1 lead, scoring on set plays in the 63rd and 78th minutes through Bruna Benites — off a corner — and Andressinha off a direct free kick.
The USA wasted no time launching an epic comeback as 57th minute substitute Christen Press blasted a shot into the upper left corner to pull within one. Rapinoe’s equalizer in the 85thminute was a thing of beauty as Press chipped a ball over the defense to her on the left side of the penalty box. In a fluid motion, Rapinoe brought the ball down perfectly and drilled a low shot from an extremely tight angle that snuck into the near post to tie the game.
Four minutes later, Ertz, who had also come on the 57th minute, got the winner by smashing home a loose ball after a goal mouth scramble, and the USA did well to salt away the remaining minutes.
In the earlier game of the day, Australia put in a dominant performance and got a hat trick from Samantha Kerr as it answered Japan’s early score with four consecutive goals. Japan pulled a goal back in stoppage time for the final score line.
– Tournament of Nations Match Report –
Match: Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: July 30, 2017
Competition: Tournament of Nations
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. PT
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 3 4
BRA 1 2 3
BRA – Andressinha (Debinha) 2nd minute
USA – Samantha Mewis (Megan Rapinoe) 18
BRA – Bruna Benites (Marta) 63
BRA – Andressinha 78
USA – Christen Press (Megan Rapinoe) 80
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Christen Press) 85
USA – Julie Ertz (Carli Lloyd) 89
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 16-Taylor Smith (8-Julie Ertz, 57), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 14-Casey Short (2-Sydney Leroux, 76), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Samantha Mewis (20-Allie Long, 86), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 19-Crystal Dunn (22-Mallory Pugh, 53), 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 57), 15-Megan Rapinoe (12-Lynn Williams, 90+1)
Subs not used : 6-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan,11-Ali Krieger, 17-Margaret Purce, 18-Jane Campbell, 21-Abby Smith
Head coach: Jill Ellis
BRA: 1-Barbara; 15-Leticia (8-Maria, 71), 21-Monica, 3-Bruna Benites 22-Jucinara (6-Tamires, 46); 5-Djenifer, 7-Gabi Nunes (20-Camila, 22), 17-Andressinha; 9-Debinha (13-Andreia Rosa, 82), 10-Marta, 16-Bia Zaneratto (19-Ludmila, 86)
Subs not used: 2-Maurine, 14-Chu, 18-Fran
Head coach: Emily Lima
Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 24 / 13
Shots on Goal: 11 / 5
Saves: 2 / 7
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 20
Offside: 4 / 1
BRA – Jucinara (caution) 36th minute
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn (caution) 54
BRA – Bia Zaneratto (caution) 59
BRA – Marta (caution) 84
BRA – Barbara (caution) 89
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidia Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
4th Official: Sandra Benitez (SLV)
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