An own goal gave Australia a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Brazil at the Women’s World Cup, even after Marta added a record 16th career tournament goal.
Marta, who sat out Brazil’s opening game with a left thigh injury, became the first player to score in five World Cups when she converted a penalty kick in the 27th minute of Thursday’s game.
Cristiane scored a header that put the Brazilians up, 2-0. Caitlin Foord scored before the break, closing Australia’s deficit to one goal.
Chloe Logarzo’s shot from distance in the 58th minute tied it, and Australia then went ahead on the own goal, an error by Monica that ended the stalemate in the 66th minute. Sam Kerr appeared to have been offside, but the goal was awarded after video review, and the Brazilians fumed.
Australia, just the second team to win a World Cup match after trailing by two goals, needed a good game after losing its opener to Italy, 2-1. Brazil won, 3-0, in its tournament opener against Jamaica on Cristiane’s hat trick.
It was the first loss in the group stage for the Brazilians since 1995, ending a 16-match unbeaten streak.
Brazil’s Formiga, at 41 the oldest player in the tournament, collected her second yellow card during the match. She will have to sit out the final group match against Italy.
Abby Wambach of the United States and Birgit Prinz of Germany rank behind Marta on the World Cup goals list, with 14 each.
CHINA BEATS SOUTH AFRICA
China is back on track after a 1-0 victory over South Africa.
China moved even itself with Spain for second place in Group B with 3 points and can now focus on its push to join group leader Germany in the final 16.
Forward Li Ying put China, the 1999 runner-up, ahead in the 40th minute with an opportunistic effort. Meeting Zhang Rui’s right-wing cross, she got ahead of her marker and poked the ball into the bottom right corner.
China lost, 1-0, to two-time champion Germany in its opening match. South Africa was beaten, 3-1, by Spain and now has two losses.
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