Take it back four years to the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany. The U.S was down 2-1 in stoppage time of extra time. The winner of the game would go to the World Cup final, while the losers would go to the third place match.
In an online vote on the FIFA website for the Women’s World Cup, 15 of the best goals from the previous tournaments were posted in which fans were to vote for what they thought was the best. The comeback goal for Abby Wambach was voted the best Women’s World Cup goal of all time, and it’s fairly obvious why.
All hope seemed to be lost for the Americans until center midfielder Carli Lloyd received the ball in the United States’ defensive end. She dribbles through the midfield, beating a Brazilian defender and finds Megan Rapine on the left flank.
From there it is history. Rapinoe does what she does best, by crossing the ball perfectly into the box to Wambach. And Wambach does what she does best by heading the ball perfectly in the goal.
The goal forced the game to go into penalty kicks, which the U.S eventually won 5-3 to go and play Japan in the final.
If you don’t remember the goal, or just want to experience the chills of the incredible play, check it out below.