Cristiane scores hat-trick as Brazil sink Jamaica for perfect start

Ross Houston
June 12, 2019

Marta suffered the thigh injury in practice last week but had returned to training Tuesday.

In the Women's World Cup, Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa played in six tournaments for her country and made 205 appearances across a 12-year worldwide career - in which she lifted the World Cup in 2011.

The South Americans continued to create chances and could have doubled their lead after earning a penalty for handball by Jamaica defender Allyson Swaby, but Schneider saved Andressa's tame effort on goal seven minutes before the break. Fourteen minutes later, she delivered a free kick directly inside the goal, completing a hat-trick.

Jamaica's goalkeeper Sydney Schneider in action with Brazil's Ludmila.

Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage time. "But it only holds real value if we get out of the group, so let's wait and see how great it is", Italy coach Milena Bertolini said.

The Juventus player also had the equalizer in the 56th minute for the 15th-ranked Italians, who are making their first appearance in the World Cup since 1999.

"We scored three goals but I think we need to be more effective to score more goals".

Selecao emerged victorious from the clash, as Cristiane Rozeira's hat-trick saw them defeat Jamaica 3-0 to hand themselves an early advantage in the group stage. Her eighth-minute strike was ruled out for the tightest of offsides following a long check via the video assistant referee (VAR) system. The 27-year-old pounced on a awful first touch from Clare Polkinghorne to race through and level with a smart finish past Aussie stopper Lydia Williams.

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