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Germany rallies to earn draw with U.S. women

1:48 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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Offenbach, Germany (Sports Network) - A six-goal second half was split evenly as the United States and Germany played to a 3-3 draw on Friday in a friendly that featured the top two teams in the women's game.

Abby Wambach scored her 155th career goal to move to within three of Mia Hamm's all-time record, while Germany scored twice in the final six minutes of the match to earn the draw.

Wambach opened the scoring in the 47th minute when she headed home Megan Rapinoe's corner kick, while the two combined once more eight minutes later with Wambach nodding down a ball for Rapinoe to smash past goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.

The Germans pulled a goal back in the 64th when a failed clearance from U.S. defender Crystal Dunn allowed Kim Kulig to easily beat goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, reducing the home side's deficit to 2-1.

Alex Morgan restored the U.S. lead with 20 minutes to play as she scored on a nice chip, but Germany rallied over the final six minutes to secure a draw.

Christie Rampone committed a foul inside the U.S. penalty area to give Celia Okoyino da Mbabi the chance to score from the spot, which she did, while Barnhart failed to deal with a cross from Verena Faisst that handed the equalizing goal to Anja Mittag.

The Americans had one final chance to snatch the win in stoppage time as Sydney Leroux beat Angerer, only for Faisst to save the day by blocking the ball on the goal line.

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