Marta to miss Brazil's World Cup opener against Jamaica

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2019

Cristiane hit a hat-trick to ensure Brazil barely missed injured star Marta and opened their Women's World Cup campaign by brushing aside Jamaica 3-0 in Grenoble on Sunday.

It was the first hat-trick for Brazil in the women's World Cup since Sissi and Pretinha scored three goals each in a 7-1 thrashing of Mexico in 1999.

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 global career - in which she lifted the World Cup in 2011.

After being brought down by Italy's Sara Gama, the NWSL and W-League top goal scorer slotted home after her penalty was initially saved by Laura Giulani.

Daniela Sabatino had a goal ruled out for offside, but Italy were not to be denied a second, with Bonansea their hero in the dying embers with a fantastic header to clinch the points.

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No ball was bowled in the entire match and it is the second consecutive match which has got called off due to rain. Furthermore, the umpire had to cancel Sri Lanka's game against Pakistan due to rain without a ball being played.

And the final goal of the match was off a free kick in the 64th minute when she placed it in the upper right corner just out of reach of the keeper.

The 33-year-old Marta, named six times as FIFA's best woman player of the year, picked up the injury during her team's preparations for the World Cup late last month.

Jamaican supporters wait for the start of the Women's World Cup Group C football match between Brazil and Jamaica in Grenoble, France, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

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.

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