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Last Updated: Monday, 23 August, 2004, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
US to face Brazil
Lilly opened the scoring for the US before Germany equalised
The United States women's football team will play Brazil in Thursday's final after a dramatic 2-1 extra-time semi-final victory over Germany.

Heather O'Reilly hit the winner nine minutes into extra-time after German substitute Isabell Bachor had equalised Kristine Lilly's 33rd minute opener.

Brazilian striker Pretinha struck in the 64th minute of her team's clash with Sweden to wrap up a 1-0 win.

Pretinha fired home from a tight angle to atone for an earlier miss.

The Americans looked to have secured their place in the final thanks to Lilly's left-foot shot but Bachor cut inside to beat Briana Scurry with a deflected shot two minutes into injury-time.

O'Reilly then proved to be the hero for the USA, runners-up to Norway in Sydney four years ago.

Striker Mia Hamm, who retires after the Games with over 150 goals in more than 260 internationals, said: "We were a perfect team today.

"I am so proud to be on this team. We're ready to win the gold medal because we have such a confident team."





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