Brazil gets break with late draw
Maicon's goal means Germany will face U.S. in quarters
Posted: Sunday June 27, 1999 10:11 PM
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Germany gave up a goal on the last play of the game Sunday. As penance, it now has to play the United States.
In the fourth minute of second-half injury time, Maicon drove home a 12-footer after a twice-headed free kick to lift Brazil into a 3-3 tie with Germany and first place in Group B in the Women's World Cup.
The result means Brazil will play Nigeria, the second-place team from Group A, in the quarterfinals. Group B runner-up Germany will face the tournament favorite U.S. team, with both games Thursday at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.
"We always seem to have something like this happen to us," Germany goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg said. "We are no more afraid of the Americans than they are of us. We don't want to hide from the Americans, we just didn't want to have to book any early flight home."
Brazil now avoids the United States until the semifinals.
"Inevitably we have to play the U.S.," Brazil coach Wilson De Oliveira Rica said. "But down the road is much better."
The result also eliminated Italy from contention for a quarterfinal berth.
The Germans, though exhausted in the heat and humidity, had limited Brazil to one shot on goal in the second half until the final push in injury time when Tina Wunderlich fouled Maicon to the right of the penalty box.
Sissi, who earlier scored her tournament-high sixth goal, took the kick and chipped the ball into the box. It was headed once by a teammate and once by Germany defender Sandra Minnert and fell to the left foot of second-half substitute Maicon, who drove the shot past Rottenberg.
"It was stupid to make a foul," Germany defender Steffi Jones said. "We were not clever enough to take the 3-2 home."
In a match that pitted Brazilian flair vs. German precision, Germany scored first when Maren Meinert made a nice 40-yard run down the middle of the field and passed left in the penalty box to Birgit Prinz, who netted in the eighth minute.
Brazil tied the game in the 15th on Katia da Silva's 17-yard strike into the upper left-hand corner of the net, then took the lead on Sissi's 28-yard free kick around the left side of the wall in the 20th.
Down 2-1 at halftime, Germany regained the lead early in the second half on goals from Bettina Wiegmann and Jones.
Wiegmann celebrated her 100th international appearance with a penalty shot to the left of goalkeeper Maravilha in the 47th minute. The penalty was awarded when Prinz was yanked down by the left arm by defender Suzana.
Jones then drilled an 18-yard shot off the foot of defender Elane in the 58th minute to make it 3-2.
For the rest of regulation, Brazil made only one serious threat to tie the game. Sissi's 15-yard shot in the 78th minute was saved by Rottenberg and cleared out of the box by the German defense.
Then came Maicon's very late goal."We were patient enough and lucky enough to keep our heads together and get a score at the end," De Oliveira Rica said. "In Brazil, there's a saying that God is Brazilian. This proves it once more."
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