Women's World Cup champions United States trounced Canada 4-1 in Louisville Saturday, to reach the final of the inaugural women's Gold Cup, setting up a clash with Brazil, who stunned China in extra time.
Cidinha's golden penalty gave Brazil a 3-2 victory over the World Cup runners-up in a match that was 2-2 at the end of full-time.
This is the biggest happiness to win this game," Cidinha told the AP, who accepted the long, emotional hugs from her teammates on the field long after her goal.
Katia da Silva scored in the 11th minute, her tournament-high eighth goal, and Roseli in the 60th for Brazil, while Shui Qingxia tallied in the ninth and Qiu Haiyan in the 75th for China.
The victory confirmed Brazil's status as a medal threat at the Sydney Olympics, and means the first women's Gold Cup won't produced a rematch of last year's World Cup final.
Instead, China will play Canada in the third-place playoff on Monday in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Katia in the 11th and Roseli in the 60th scored for Brazil, while Shui in the ninth and Qiu in the 75th accounted for China's goals.
In the second semi-final, Mia Hamm extended her international scoring record with her 121st goal in the 65th minute, a blast that bounced off keeper Karina LeBlanc's hands.
Shannon MacMillan, starting at forward for the first time this year, scored once in each half for the United States and Tiffany Milbrett scored a goal in final moments of the first half.
Charmaine Hooper converted a penalty in the 58th minute, but Hamm's goal was the highlight, after her scoring drought earlier this season.
"I've been struggling for a long time," Hamm said. "I have expectations to score. People have expectations for me to score" - (Several Sources)
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