2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinals

In case you missed one of the most exciting games of soccer ever played, here are the key takeaways from Sunday’s quarterfinal match between the US and Brazil:

1. The US ladies know how to win games in the World Cup. (Hope you’re taking notes, USMNT.)
2. Abby Wambach and Hope Solo are beasts!
3. I’ve got a major girl crush on Megan Rapinoe for her lethal PK and this phenomenal cross.

Watch a replay, watch the highlights. That emotional rollercoaster should’ve been the final. Oh, and to you, U12 punk at the 3v3 tournament this weekend, I say “HA!” (I am sooo not above talking smack to a tween.)

The US women now face France in the first semifinal of the 2011 World Cup, on Wednesday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN). The surprising French side, with their very attractive uniforms, knocked out England on Saturday. It is the first appearance for 7th-ranked Les Bleues in a World Cup semifinal.

Japan also reaches the semis for the first time, after they toppled two-time defending champions Germany in extra time. Japan takes on Sweden in the second semifinal match, on Wednesday, July 13 at 2:15 p.m. ET (ESPN).

The winners of Wednesday’s matches will play in the Women’s World Cup Finals on Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The Third Place match will be played on Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

Make your plans now, folks. Think the US can pull it off? Who do you want to see in the final?

Just for a laugh, here is another favorite moment of the tournament!