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U.S. women

Brazil rolls to 4-0 victory over Americans in World Cup semifinal.

HANGZHOU, China (Thursday, September 27, 2007) -- The United States women's hopes of winning a third Women's World Cup came crashing down tonight, first conceding an own goal and then two goals to Marta in Brazil's 4-0 rout of the Americans in a semifinal before 47,818 at Hangzhou Dragon Stadium.

The U.S. will face Norway for third place Sunday at Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium, a 5 a.m. (ET) match that will be broadcast on ESPN2. That will precede the championship contest between Brazil and Germany, an 8 a.m. start that will also be aired by ESPN2.

The Americans finished third in the last World Cup in 2003, defeating Canada 3-1 in the consolation game.

"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," U.S. coach Greg Ryan said. "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, another very important match for our team."

The U.S. played the second half tonight with only 10 players with midfielder Shannon Boxx sent off after she received a phantom second yellow card in stoppage time before halftime. Still, the Americans already trailed 2-0 at the time, mitigating the effect of the banishment.

"That was a hard-fought game," said U.S. striker Abby Wambach, who was mostly neutralized by the Brazil defense. "This game, unlucky, we go down a man. It's a hard loss to swallow. But the thing about this team that I've always loved is that we've learned something from every mistake that we've made."

The U.S. saw its 51-match (44-0-7, .931) unbeaten streak end, but all that was talked about, both before the American loss and after, was Ryan's controversial decision to put Briana Scurry in goal, replacing Hope Solo. The move backfired with Scurry shaky in net and personally culpable on two, maybe three, of Brazil's four goals.

U.S. captain Kristine Lilly discounted the effect of the change in goalkeepers. "With everyone on the field, it wasn't about anything like that," she said. "It was a game that we came up short in and, if you look at it like that, it was Brazil's day and not the USA's."

Brazil took the lead for good in the 20th minute on an own goal. Formiga sent a seemingly innocuous left-side corner kick to the near post, but U.S. midfielder Leslie Osborne, rather than just booting the ball clear, instead ducked down for a header below her waist. Without an opponent in her vicinity, Osborne headed the ball three yards into the corner of her own net for a 1-0 Brazil advantage.

The ball, being so close to the end-line, probably should have been caught by Scurry, and she was in position to make an easy play, but she apparently failed to call Osborne off. "I would have gotten it had it gone past her, but I mean Leslie, that's her area," Scurry said. "Leslie's going to try to get that ball no matter what and it's not her fault. She was making her effort like she is supposed to and unfortunately it was just right in front of the post. It is my job to call her out of there, but once she's going it's tough to get a person to stop in the middle."

Marta made it 2-0 in the 27th minute on a shot Scurry should have tipped safely away. After beating a defender down the right sideline, Marta cut to the top right corner of the penalty area. After a couple of touches as she moved laterally across the top of the box, she triggered a low left-footer for the near corner. Scurry dropped to her left and should have no problem gathering the ball, but instead it hit her left hand and went into the net.

A minute later, U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx dropped a short header in front of the net, but Wambach could not manage to take the slowly bouncing ball and get a shot off from point-blank range. In the 31st minute, the U.S. earned a free kick from a yard above the top right corner of the box, but Lilly lofted it just over Wambach's head at the far post.

Boxx, who had received a yellow card in the 14th minute, saw her evening end moments before intermission on a foul that simply didn't happen. In fact, if there was a foul, it should have been on Brazilian forward Cristiane, who bumped Boxx from behind. Their legs became tangled and both went down, but it was only Boxx who was sanctioned.

In the 41st minute, Boxx could have easily been cautioned when she upended Brazil's star striker Cristiane as she carried deep into American territory, so referee Nicole Petignat's misguided action five minutes later could have been to some extent a make-up call.

"You have to change your game plan when you are a man down," U.S. defender Christie Rampone said. "We tried to settle the ball a little bit and play with more confidence. We were on our heels a little bit and that wasn't working, so we tried hitting it a little bit longer and trying to get in their end. It's tough to play a man down, but I think we battled, but today wasn't our day."

The U.S. entered the second half needing a miracle if it hoped to come back, but things quickly got worse. In the 56th minute, Formiga took a lead pass and sped down the left flank before spotting Cristiane running alone into the penalty area. Formiga fed her perfectly and Cristiane settled the pass with her right foot before lacing a low 15-yarder just inside the left post to make it 3-0 as Scurry futilely charged out.

Lilly had an open opportunity in front of the Brazilian net in the 63rd minute, but shot directly at keeper Andreia, who also tipped Wambach's shot over the crossbar six minutes later.

Marta closes the scoring with a great individual effort in the 80th minute. Taking a pass from Renata Costa outside the right perimeter of the penalty area, she flipped a ball over her head and U.S. reserve defender Tina Ellertson to break into the box. She cut back to avoid defender Catherine Whitehill, then fired a 13-yard shot that hit Scurry in the right leg before settling in the near corner of the net to put Brazil up 4-0.


Brazil 4, United States 0

Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry; Christie Rampone, Kate Markgraf (Marian Dalmy 74), Catherine Whitehill, Stephanie Lopez (Carli Lloyd 46), Shannon Boxx, Leslie Osborne, Lori Chalupny; Heather O'Reilly (Tina Ellertson 60), Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly (captain). Brazil - Andreia, Elaine, Aline (captain), Tania, Renata Costa, Daniela, Formiga, Maycon, Ester; Marta, Cristiane.

Scoring:
Brazil - own goal (Osborne) 20.
Brazil - Marta (unassisted) 27.
Braizl - Cristiane (Renata Costa) 56.
Brazil - Marta (Renata Costa) 80.

Shots: United States 12, Brazil 19. Shots on goal: United States 4, Brazil 8. Saves: United States 5, Brazil 4 Corner kicks: United States 2, Brazil 4. Fouls: United States 16, Brazil 15. Offside: United States 0, Brazil 0. Yellow card cautions: United States - Boxx 14, Chalupny 26, Wambcah 49; Brazil - Aline 28, Renata Costa 44. Red card ejection: United States - Boxx (second yellow card_ 46+.

Referee: Nicole Petignat (Switzerland). Assistant referees: Karine Vives Solana (France), Corinne Lagrange (France). Fourth official: Tammy Ogston (Australia). Attendance: 47,818 at Hangzhou Dragon Stadium in Hangzhou, China Weather: Hot, humid, 84 degrees.


The U.S. Women's World Cup roster:

Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.).

Defenders (6): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Catherine Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.).

Midfielders (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wisc.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.).

Forwards (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawai'i), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.). >

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