Brazil's Cristiane scores hat-trick, England beat Scotland
Jun 12 2019
The six-time women's world player of the year was ruled out of the match because of a left thigh injury.
And it was a successful day for all involved with Brazil as it strolled to victory, with Cristiane the star of the show in Grenoble.
Andressa had a good chance to double Brazil's lead from the penalty spot seven minutes before the interval but goalkeeper Sydney Schneider denied the forward.
The 34-year-old sealed her hat-trick with a superb free-kick.
Cristiane tucked in her second goal from a tight angle following the restart as Andressa provided the assist again, before she completed her hat-trick with a powerful freekick that rattled the underside of the crossbar and landed in.
It was awarded after Allyson Swaby handled inside her own area.
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For once Schneider was caught out early in the second half, unable to reach a low cross from Andressa, who steered the ball in from the right and Cristiane slid in to finish.
Brazil stopped a nine-game losing streak that began with a 4-1 defeat to the United States last August 2. Their first game is against Brazil and while they are probably going to taste defeat, they could make things ungainly for their adversaries. Indeed, it has won these eight games by an aggregate score of 23-1.
Formiga initially only planned to help her country reach the World Cup finals, telling FIFA.com in November 2018: "I had no intention to carry on and play in the World Cup, but breaking barriers spurs me on".
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