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Brazil legend Marta breaks Klose's World Cup record as three teams progress from Group C

The 33-year-old scored her 17th World Cup goal as Brazil beat Italy, who still topped the group.

Marta celebrates with her team-mates after becoming the top scorer in World Cup history.
Marta celebrates with her team-mates after becoming the top scorer in World Cup history.
Image: Francisco Seco

BRAZIL STAR MARTA set a record on Tuesday as she scored her 17th career Women’s World Cup goal. 

The goal came from the penalty spot 74 minutes into Tuesday’s group stage clash with Italy, which Brazil ended up winning 1-0 behind the Marta goal. 

Marta stepped up and smashed her spot-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, giving Brazil a lead they would never relinquish while making a bit of history in the process. 

Marta’s 17th goal was enough to lead her past German star Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 goals across four World Cups as a member of the German national team. 

The 33-year-old forward, who is the only footballer to score at five different World Cup editions, has scored 112 total goals in 145 appearances for Brazil. 

Italy v Brazil - FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 - Group C - Stade du Hainaut Brazil and Marta celebrate their winner. Source: Richard Sellers

Marta scored three times at her first World Cup, the 2003 edition, before firing seven times at the 2007 competition, winning the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball as Brazil fell to Germany in the tournament finale. 

She then scored four more times in the 2011 World Cup and once at the 2015 edition. With Tuesday’s goal, Marta has scored twice in this year’s tournament, having also scored in a 3-2 loss to Australia in the country’s second group stage match. 

Marta’s 17th finish puts even more space between her and Birgit Prinz and Abby Wambach on the women’s side, as both scored 14 goals during their international careers. 

The forward is a six-time Fifa World Player of the Year and has helped lead Brazil to two Olympic silver medals in addition to that 2007 World Cup runners-up spot. 

With the Brazil win on Tuesday, Marta and co. forced a three-way tie on six points in Group C with Italy, Australia and Brazil all level on points. 

Jamaica v Australia - FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 - Group C - Stade des Alpes Sam Kerr scored all four goals in Australia’s 4-1 win over Jamaica. Source: John Walton

Despite their loss on Tuesday, Italy topped the group thanks to their +5 goal differential with Australia and Brazil both at +3. 

Australia sealed second place, though, on goals-scored having fired eight goals compared to Brazil’s six in the group stage. 

The Aussies made light work of Jamaica, beating them 4-1 in the group’s other fixture.

Sam Kerr scored all four goals for her side, putting the Matildas ahead with a looping header after 11 minutes before doubling her tally just prior to the break when she nodded in unmarked.

Jamaica pulled one back with their first World Cup goal as Havana Solaun slotted home tidily.

But Kerr was in an unstoppable mood, completing her hat-trick with a clinical finish after a fortunate ricochet in the area, and she got a fourth late on, pouncing on goalkeeper Nicole McClure’s fresh-aired clearance to score.

As a result, Brazil’s knockout round opponent has yet to be decided while Australia will face Norway and Italy will face the third-place team from Group A or B.

- Omni

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