Women's World Cup 2011 Quarterfinals, USA Vs. Brazil: USWNT Takes Early Lead

After just two minutes of play in their 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal, the United States has a 1-0 lead over Brazil after scoring their second fastest goal ever in the World Cup, hitting the back of the net after just 90 seconds. Though the effort of Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach is what created the chance, the goal was an absolute gift from Brazil, as their porous defense showed off their deficiencies early.

Wambach started the meat and potatoes of the move with a flick out wide left, which was found by Boxx. Normally a holding central midfielder, Boxx accounted for movement by her teammates by sprinting to occupy a vacated space on the left, running onto the ball. She put a dangerous cross across the six yard box, but there were three Brazil defenders in the area to just one U.S. attacker. Apparently Daiane was not aware of the situation and what was going on around her, as she attempted an extremely difficult clearance and ended up putting the ball into her own net.

The goal was a gift, but the United States can hardly afford to sit on their one goal lead. Brazil are a team that have the ability to score in bunches, while their defense has lived up to their negative reputation.

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