This Women's World Cup Finals game was even at 2 at the end of regulation and two overtime periods, and the penalty shootout began. When the USA's Brandi Chastain walked up to take her turn against the Chinese goalie, the penalty kicks were tied at 4-4, the Chinese goalie having given up one. It would be the match winner should she score.
The pressure was on. WNT goalie Briana Scurry had been perfect in the net, all day. The USA was the host country, and no host country had ever won the women's World Cup. More than 90,000 fans looked on at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, including the President of the United States. And, Chastain had missed a previous penalty shot against China that lost the match.
She placed the ball, walked back and lined up to take the shot. She began her run and with her left foot blasted a perfect shot, burying it in the top right corner, past the goalie's outstretched arms. The Women's National Team won the Women's World Cup for a second time. Brilliant, Chastain! And the celebration began.
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