Women's World Cup: Five Other Seeming "Game-Winning" Scores That Weren't

Categories: Soccer
The USA's run in the Women's World Cup seemed to be finishing in grand style when Abby Wambach put in an extra-time header to give the team a 2-1 lead.

It didn't last, and Japan won in overtime.

Wambach's late goal joins a storied list of scores that seemingly iced a game or a series, only to be overshadowed by an unlikely comeback.

Here are the top five such scores, and (of course) Houston plays a prominent role:

5. World Series Game Six, 1975: Cesar Geronimo's Icing on the Cake That Got Left Out in the Rain
Game Six of the 1975 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds was already terrific by the time the eighth inning rolled around. The Reds had a 5-3 lead and a strong bullpen. Cesar Geronimo put the icing on the cake with a solo homer that had Reds fans all but assured of the Series title. Someone, however, left the cake out in the rain, and I don't think that I can take it 'cause it took so long to make it...

4. U.S.-USSR Olympic Basketball: The Most Clutch Foul Shots of All Time, in Vain
In 1972, one thing was as sure as death and taxes: The U.S. would win the gold medal in Olympics basketball. They'd been winning it since the dawn of time, it seems, always with a team of college players who rolled effortlessly to the title.

By the time of the Munich Olympics, though, the USSR had begun to mount a serious challenge. In the title game they had a one-point lead with three seconds left when the USA's Doug Collins was fouled.

Talk about pressure: Two foul shots to save the team from becoming the first USA team to lose. Collins calmly hit the first and -- even though the scorer's horn blared just as he was shooting -- the second. It was all for naught, however, as some of the most obviously crooked officiating outside of the WWE let the Russkies win.

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