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Thriller in Offenbach ends in 3-3 tie
by Paul Kennedy, April 5th, 2013 7:18PM

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[GERMANY-USA] The USA blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1 built on spectacular goals by Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan and had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Germany Friday night in front of a crowd of 16,090 in Offenbach. Even after conceding the tying goals a minute apart late in the game, the Americans still attacked, and the outcome was still in doubt in stoppage time when forward Sydney Leroux's header was cleared off the goal line by Verena Faisst.

Wambach and Rapinoe each set up the other and Morgan added a third goal in a wild second half that featured the game's six goals.

Rapinoe megged her marker to find Wambach for a header and the 155th goal of her women's national team career. Eight minutes later, Wambach flicked a pass from Shannon Boxx into the path of Rapinoe, and the Lyon winger scored on a left-footed volley from 16 yards to the far post. Morgan scored her 42nd international goal off a delicately lifted ball from Lauren Cheney.

Indicative of the depth U.S. coach Tom Sermanni has to work with, Wambach, Rapinoe and Cheney were among seven starters who were not in the starting lineup against Germany in the Algarve Cup final on March 13. Outside backs Crystal Dunn and Kristie Mewis were both playing college soccer only four months ago.

"Overall, it was a fair result and a competitive, exciting game that showed the quality of the two best teams in the world," said Sermanni. "It's always disappointing when you're winning the game with 10 minutes to go and you end up drawing. But the positive side for us is we created some very good chances. We knew it was always going to be very difficult to come here and get a result."

April 5 in Offenbach
Germany 3 USA 3. Goals: Kulig 63, Okoyino da Mbabi (pen.) 85, Mittag 86; Wambach 47, Rapinoe 55, Morgan 71.
USA -- Barnhart; Dunn, Rampone,  Engen, Mewis; O'Reilly (Heath, 77), Boxx, Cheney, Rapinoe; Morgan, Wambach (Leroux, 80)
Germany -- Angerer; Maier, Bartusiak, Wensing, Peter (Schmidt, 57); Bresonik (Mittag, 60), Kulig, Kessler, Behringer (Faisst, 46);  Okoyino da Mbabi, Marozsan (Popp, 88).
Referee: Christina Pederson (NOR).
Att.: 16,090.

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2 comments
  1. Bruce Gowan
    commented on: April 5, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.
    I do not agree with starting three new players on the back line against the #2 team in the world. Testing young players is a great idea but not all at the same game on the same line. Maybe Tom does not know what it means to be #1 in the world. That means putting a winning team on the field every game and at the same time developing replacement players. If it was easy more coaches would do it.

  1. Karl Schreiber
    commented on: April 6, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.
    I agree with Bruce G! Our defense left me very nervous during the entire game, especially since there seemed to have been a noticeable size difference. The German players Serrani highlighted in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine, No.s 25 and 10, Maier and Kuhlig, had too much operating space. -An "emotional" aspect: Why did Ali Krieger not see any action??? She left FFC Frankfurt only a few months ago as a commitment to the WNT, at least to some degree. - Our team left quite a bit to be desired over juch of the first half (too much kick-and-rush, sloppy passing under pressure..., with some exceptions. - IMHO the refereeding was often not up to international standards. Interpretation of the offside rule and taking a goal back. Advantage rule not applied consistently. Questionnable penalty kick decisions. I'm looking forward toan improved performance next Tuesday.


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