Women's World Cup Recap - Norway vs. Brazil|
(Sunday, July 3, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Brazil 3, Norway 0
Wolfsburg, Germany (Sports Network) - Marta showed once again why she is the
best women's player in the world Sunday.
The reigning five-time world player of the year had two goals and an assist as
Brazil rolled to a 3-0 win over Norway in Group D to seal a quarterfinal berth
in the Women's World Cup.
Marta opened the scoring at Volkswagen-Arena in the 22nd minute, assisted on a
goal from Rosana in the opening minute of the second half, and then scored her
second in the 48th.
"Thank God Marta is Brazilian," Brazil coach Kleiton Lima said.
Marta was the leading scorer in the 2007 event with seven goals, and is tied
for second all-time with 12 goals. Germany's Birgit Prinz is the top scorer in
World Cup history with 14 goals, but has yet to score in two games.
Marta may overtake Prinz before the tournament ends, but the true prize is the
World Cup trophy. Germany defeated Brazil in the 2007 final, and has won back-
"We are pleased to qualify for the next stage. We have a long [way] to go but
we will keep up our hard work," Marta said.
"Our aim is to get to the final and be crowned champions."
Four years ago, Marta had a penalty kick saved in the final game, a 2-0 defeat
to Germany. But if Sunday's performance by the 25-year-old is a sign of things
to come from Brazil, she might get another shot on July 17.
Marta scored her first goal with a brilliant individual effort, as she nudged
Norway defender Nora Holstad Berge on the right wing to reach a long pass from
Erika, then drove into the area against Maren Mjelde.
After getting Mjelde on the ground after a failed tackle, Marta moved into the
open space and drove a low shot inside the right post.
Marta took a blow to the head later in the half when she fell and her head hit
the ground, but she shook off the pain and then inflicted it on Norway.
Less than a minute into the second half, Marta gained possession near midfield
and drove into the left side of area, where played a pass across to the right
side to an open Rosana, who converted for her second goal of the tournament.
Before Norway could figure out what happened, Marta added a third goal with an
easy finish off an rebound. Brazil's Christiane hustled to force a turnover in
Norway's box, and her shot deflected to Marta.
Marta dribbled into space and scored from 12 yards, as she tied United States
legend Michelle Akers for second all-time on the World Cup scoring list.
"It was impossible [to stop Marta]," Norway coach Eli Landsem said.
Brazil extended its undefeated streak in group play to 11 matches and will win
the group with at least a tie against Equatorial Guinea, which was eliminated
with Brazil's win, on Wednesday. Brazil could even win the group with a loss.
Norway needs to beat Australia in its last group game to advance. Australia is
currently level on points with Norway, but leads on goal differential - which
is the first tiebreaker. Norway has never been eliminated after group play.
07/03 15:32:49 ET