Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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Brazil off to a flyer, thanks to hat-trick heroine Cristiane

Brazil off to a flyer, thanks to hat-trick heroine Cristiane

The loss could have been worse for the Reggae Girlz, but goalkeeper Sydney Schneider stopped Andressa's penalty kick in the 38th minute.

Teammate Formiga became the oldest player to appear in the women's finals, at the age of 41 years and 98 days, and also the first to appear in seven editions of the tournament.

Her treble gave the 34-year-old a new status in the oldest hat trick hero in any World Cup, breaking records set previously by Cristiano Ronaldo and Carli Lloyd.

Her first came in the 15th minute off a header and opened the scoring in the 3-0 contest.

The Azzurre, back at the World Cup after a 20-year absence, prevailed when striker Bonansea headed home from a free kick five minutes into stoppage time.

It was awarded after Allyson Swaby handled inside her own area.

They begin their campaign with a challenge against Jamaica which they should win yet progressively troublesome tests lie in wait against Australia and Italy for the side remaining in tenth in the world rankings.

The Jamaica keeper twice denied Debinha when the Brazilian forward was through on goal.

Sam Kerr, playing in her third World Cup, scored her first-ever goal in the tournament in the 22nd minute for the sixth-ranked Matildas.

- Brazil's victory over Jamaica was its first win in any competition since July 2018 (2-1 vs. Japan), halting a run of nine consecutive defeats before today.

Jamaica's most unsafe player was Khadija Shaw who was denied a first-half equaliser by a one-handed save from Barbara.

Brazil are never again classed as one of the elite teams in women's football and that could be featured at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a troublesome group meaning they are a long way from sure of making it out of the group stage.

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