Women’s WC: Marta scripts history in Brazil victory

VALENCIENNES (FRANCE), Jun 19 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/19/2019 12:16:30 PM IST

Marta has set a record for men and women with her 17th World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Italy, which ensured the Selecao advanced to the knockout stage for the sixth-straight time.

According to AP, the 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored from the penalty spot in the 74th minute at Stade du Hainaut, sending her effort to the left of goalkeeper Laura Giuliani after Debinha was fouled by Elena Linari.
It was the second goal of the tournament for Marta - both penalties. Her goal against Australia tied the World Cup record set by Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 for Germany from 2002 to 2014. The United States’ Abby Wambach and Germany’s Birgit Prinz are tied for second among women with 14. Marta is the only player, male or female, to score in five World Cups.
Despite the defeat Italy topped Group C on goal difference from the Matildas and Brazil, after all three nations finished with 2-1 records and six points.
Australia thrash Jamaica 4-0
Australia’s captain Sam Kerr scored all four goals to beat Jamaica and fire her team into the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.
In doing so she became the first footballer — male or female — to score a World Cup hat-trick for Australia.
Kerr struck her first two with a pair of well-taken headers in the first half and capitalised on two defensive blunders after the break, with Jamaica goalkeeper Nicole McClure gift-wrapping her fourth with a botched attempt at a pass. 
The 4-1 victory in Grenoble on Tuesday propelled the Socceroos into a knock-out match versus Norway on Saturday.
Jamaica, who commanded just 26% of possession in the game, are out of the World Cup after losing all three of their group matches.
Kerr, 25, now has five goals in the tournament to equal the United States star striker Alex Morgan in the race for the Golden Boot.

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