What. A. Cheat: Erika (Brazil) fakes injury vs United States

Sunday witnessed the match of the tournament at the Women’s World Cup.

Having taken the lead early on, America were on the brink of a quarter-final exit to Brazil after Marta netted a double (one goal in regulation time and one in extra time) as the 122nd minute of the match rolled over. Then, against expectations, the United States equalised with virtually the last kick of the game as Abby Wambach headed in a dramatic leveller. The match proceeded to penalties, and the Americans won the shoot-out 5-3.

By the time the penalty shoot-out rolled around however, the crowd had turned on the Brazilians. They were booed and hissed upon as they stepped up to take their kicks, and much of the anger towards to Samba Queens stemmed from their play-acting in extra-time.

Brazilian defender Erika was the worst offender.

With less than seven minutes left of extra time, Erika, as if struck by an act of God, crazily sunk to the turf. Despite a clear lack of justification for her perceived pains, Erika nevertheless persisted to complain of a ridiculous non-injury that took several minutes to attend to.

In short Erika wasn’t injured at all. Instead the defender took the opportunity to adopt time-sapping measures, much to the disappointment of the crowd.

Watch Erika’s injury fake here.

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Related link: Highlights of United States’ victory over Brazil.

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