Women's World Cup 2011, USA Vs. Brazil Score: United States Saved By Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach saved the United States' life in the 2011 Women's World Cup, hammering home a header in added time during the extra time period against Brazil. Trailing the Brazilian side, 2-1, Megan Rapinoe sent in a very early cross, floating it right over the Brazilian keepers' arms and onto the head of Wambach. She was there to finish the goal, giving the United States life and forcing penalty kicks.

For an American squad down to 10 after Rachel Buehler was sent off, this was the best case scenario. The two sides will not square-off at the spot, with a penalty kick duel set to determine who moves on and who is eliminated. The USA went from life support to jubilation with one beautiful cross and a superb header from Wambach, who was running free in the box.

Brazil and the USA had each scored once in regulation, with the American side taking advantage of an own goal and Brazil converting a penalty. Marta scored in extra time, giving Brazil the lead with a second minute goal. And with almost no time left, Wambach hit what amounts to a game-tying buzzer-beater with her header.

It's not over in Germany and it's Hope Solo's time to shine as the game heads to penalty kicks. The USA and Brazil will battle it out at the spot, tied at two goals apiece.

For more on the tournament, be sure to visit SB Nation Soccer's 2011 Women's World Cup StoryStream. Stay with this StoryStream for more on Hope Solo and the United States Womens National Team.

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