Supersub Hoffer stuns the States
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Toronto's National Soccer Stadium was the scene as unlikely Austria came from a goal down to upset and eliminate the USA in their quarter-final on Saturday.

The US got off to a hot start in Toronto when, on the quarter-hour, a dazzling bit of wing play and cross from the left from Freddy Adu picked out Josmer Altidore. The hulking New York Red Bull striker made no mistake with his header, and keeper Michael Zaglmair could only help into the net. The Austrians, though, were not be undone and pulled one back on 43 minutes after US keeper Chris Seitz - clearly still hampered by the injury that kept him out of the Uruguay win - spilled a long range shot and then failed to keep Rubin Okotie's follow-up out of the net.

The hobbled, but courageous, Seitz made amends late in the second half with a brave double save that saw him nearly knocked out cold to keep the scoreline tangled at one heading into extra time. But with a decidedly unlucky 13 minutes gone in the first extra period, the USA's outstanding left back Anthony Wallace was sent off for a second bookable offence. And from the resulting free kick, Erwin 'Jimmy' Hoffer scrambled the winner for the second game running after coming in off the bench.

As an impressive USA side limp out of these Canadian finals, Austria look ahead to their semi-final date with the winner of Spain v Czech Republic without the suspended Michael Stanislaw and Michael Madl.