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Abby Wambach's Game-Winning Header Lifts USWNT Past France In Women's World Cup

Another game for the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2011 Women's World Cup, another dramatic goal for Gators great Abby Wambach. This one was the game-winner in the USWNT's 3-1 semifinal victory over France.

With the score tied in the second half, Wambach soared over a hapless French defender to thump a Lauren Cheney corner kick into the back of the net, giving the U.S. the lead for good and helping punch the USWNT's ticket to the Women's World Cup final for the first time since their captivating 1999 run.

Wambach's goal was also her 12th in Women's World Cup play, tying her with U.S. legend Michelle Akers for the most by an American, and puts her two behind Brazil's Marta and Germany's Birgit Prinz in career Women's World Cup goals.

With two goals in the 2 p.m. Sunday final against either Japan or Sweden, Wambach could be the leading goal-scorer in the 2011 Women's World Cup — this, after tying for the lead in 2007 — and tie for the lead in all-time Women's World Cup goals. An improbable hat trick would give her the latter record outright.

Video via Only Gators.