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Updated on March 7, 2024 at 4:06 pm

The second semi-final of the Women's Gold Cup in America can't be beat in terms of excitement – but not in terms of rain. The match will not be canceled even if the pitch is under water. Even the winners are stunned.

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American soccer players are playing for the Gold Cup title after a dramatic semifinal played in chaotic conditions. Goalkeeper Alyssa Nahr was the hero in the semi-final 3-1 penalty shootout against neighbors Canada – and now a showdown with Brazil awaits in the final on the night of March 11.

American international Samantha Coffey makes a pass in the semi-final against the Canadians
A fountain splashes from the water-soaked turf as U.S. international Samantha Coffey hits a pass against Canada in the Gold Cup semifinal.

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Selecao won 3-0 against Mexico. It was the most exciting match between USA and Canada. In overtime, Nehar scored a penalty kick that the Canadians converted to make it 2-2. Nahar then made three saves to turn things around in the penalty shootout.

“It's not a game where you can play football.”

US captain Lindsay Horan on field conditions in Gold Cup semi-final

Space conditions were discussed. The lawn was heavily watered during the game. “It's not a game where you can play soccer,” said U.S. captain Lindsay Horan. The decisive factor is fighting spirit.

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A number of strange scenes from the game during and after the memorable encounter have gone viral online, revealing the absurdity of not breaking the tie.

Jadin Shaw benefits from a puddle of water

Jaidyn Shaw made it 1-0 for the U.S. in the 20th minute, before a back pass was played well past Canadian goalkeeper Kaylen Sheridan, but it didn't reach him. Before that he got stuck in a puddle. Shaw turned quickly and slotted the ball past Sheridan and into the goal.

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