Brazil beats Norway 3-0 at women’s World Cup
Marta scored two goals and created another in a 3-0 win over
Norway to lead Brazil into the quarterfinals of the women’s World
Cup on Sunday.
The five-time FIFA world player of the year struck either side
of the goal she made for Rosana in the 46th minute, scoring the
opener in the 22nd before putting the game beyond doubt in the
”I hope I can keep it up during the next match,” Marta
On a wet and windy evening at the sold-out 26,000 capacity
ground, Norway started best before Marta swung the game in the
South Americans’ favor with the opening goal.
She might have had a hat trick but for a good save from Ingrid
Hjelmseth in the 69th.
”We simply didn’t have the speed that was required and yeah,
that set us back,” Norway coach, Eli Landsem said.
Norway will play Australia – which beat Equatorial Guinea 3-2 in
Group D’s earlier game – next Wednesday to decide which team
progresses along with Brazil.
Looking ahead to a likely quarterfinal against the United States
or Sweden, Brazil coach Kleiton Lima said: ”Any of the two teams
will be a struggle.”
Marta was clear about her side’s ambition.
”We want to get to the final, we would love to be champions,”
Both sides found it difficult to create chances with the
slippery surface making the wet ball hard to control and Norway’s
pressing game not allowing Brazil any time to settle early on.
Rosana’s shot failed to trouble Hjelmseth in the first minute
before Trine Ronning shot wide at the other end minutes later.
Fabiana worked herself into a good position but her attempt to
play Cristiane through was intercepted by Norway defender Guro
Knutsen Mienna in the seventh.
With strong challenges coming from both sides, the Brazilians
made a number of uncharacteristic errors.
Ester was unable to control a long pass from Marta that bounced
over her head out of play.
Norway’s best chances of the first half fell to Madeleine Giske
in the 18th, when the 23-year-old’s first goalbound effort was
blocked by Aline’s face and her next was straight at Brazil
A chorus of boos greeted Marta’s opening goal, but referee Kari
Seitz saw nothing wrong with her challenge when Nora Holstad Berge
fell to the ground as the two jostled for the ball.
”I don’t think it was a foul. I think it was a very fast
play,” Marta said. ”We had to use our bodies, me and my opponent
… I think she stumbled (but) I would have to see it again.”
The Brazilian carried on and eluded the challenge of Maren
Mjelde with a series of stepovers before shooting low to the right
Norway – the better side up to then – appeared deflated, and
Marta almost scored directly from a corner six minutes later.
There were no complaints regarding Brazil’s second immediately
after the interval. Marta ran at four defenders before spotting
Rosana’s run and playing the perfect ball for her teammate’s second
goal of the tournament.
Cristiane capitalized on a bad mistake from Mjelde to help
create Marta’s second two minutes later. Once the player of the
game had the ball, she simply picked her spot past Hjelmseth.
Norway pushed hard for a consolation, but Giske’s effort was
over the bar late in the game.
”Our team is honored to be able to count on Marta. Thank God,
Marta is Brazilian. Thank God, Marta is part of our squad,” said
Brazil: Andreia, Erika, Daiane (Renata Costa, 85), Aline, Ester
(Grazielle, 89), Maurine, Formiga, Fabiana (Francielle, 76), Marta,
Norway: Ingrid Hjelmseth, Guro Knutsen Mienna, Nora Holstad
Berge, Maren Mjelde, Marita Skammelsrud Lund, Trine Ronning,
Ingvild Stensland (Gry Tofte Ims, 67), Leni Larsen Kaurin (Elise
Thorsnes, 46), Madeleine Giske, Emilie Haavi (Cecilie Pedersen,
52), Isabell Herlovsen.
Referee: Kari Seitz, United States.