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Women’s World Cup: Marta sets record, Kerr scores four

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The missions were clear for Australia and Brazil as Group C play concluded Tuesday at the Women’s World Cup in France: Don’t lose.

Neither did, and Marta became the leading scorer in the history of the World Cup, stretching her women’s record in the process.

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Italy 0-1 Brazil

Marta increased her Women’s World Cup record for goals to 17 with a second half penalty as Brazil finished third in Group C with Italy, Brazil, and Australia all finishing on six points.

Cristiani Girelli had a goal rightfully ruled out for offside in the 29th minute, and Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara made a point blank save as the match neared halftime.

As the match wore on, Brazil was seemingly content with handing Italy the group in exchange for the point which would hand it a place in the knockout rounds, but Debinha hit the deck under a challenge by Elena Linari and Marta converted the penalty with 16 minutes to go.

Jamaica 1-4 Australia

With its World Cup hopes in jeopardy, Australia turned to its superstar to get the job done; Sam Kerr scored twice in both halves to leave the Reggae Girlz without a win at the 2019 World Cup.

The Matlidas wasted little time in establishing control, getting a goal from Kerr to make it 1-0 and firm up control of their knockout round hopes.

Kerr headed the below gem of a cross from former Liverpool and Ottawa Fury player Emily Gielnik into the goal, and doubled her output with an unmarked header in the 42nd minute.

Jamaica did manage its first World Cup goal early in the second half, with Havana Solaun working around the keeper to score with one of her first actions of the game.

Kerr added a third before this gift from Jamaica completed her four-goal haul.

Australia defies Marta, Brazil in 3-2 thriller (video)

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What began as a day for Marta turned the legend’s accomplishment into a footnote.

Brazil let a 2-0 lead slip as Australia rallied to keep its World Cup hopes alive with a 3-2 win on Thursday at La Mosson in Montpellier.

The result will loom large in Group C should Italy handle its business against Jamaica to clinch one of the group’s two automatic places in the knockout rounds.

Marta’s 27th minute penalty made her the first player to score in five World Cups, and put her level with Miroslav Klose for the most career World Cup goals with 16.

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Eleven minutes later Cristiane’s deft header made it 2-0, her fourth goal in two matches.

But Australia rallied behind star Sam Kerr, as Caitlin Foord pulled a goal back in first half stoppage.

Brazil’s defensive play worsened as Chloe Logarzo made it 2-2 in the 58th, and a flicked back header became an own goal. It was initially ruled offside like Kerr, but VAR flipped the referee’s decision to give the Matildas a massive break.

Watch Live: 2019 Women’s World Cup – Day 7

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Marta is healthy enough to make her 2019 Women’s World Cup debut when Brazil plays its second match of the group stage on Thursday.

Rested against Brazil, the living legend headlines a tricky Noon ET kickoff against Sam Kerr and Australia.

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Later, South Africa meets China in a desperate match; Germany has already claimed one Group B place in the knockout rounds, and both of today’s combatants are 0-1.

Remember, you can watch every single game live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes. All you have to do is click on the links below.

Here is your full schedule for Thursday, June 13 at the Women’s World Cup.

2019 Women’s World Cup schedule

Group C: Australia v. Brazil – Noon ET – STREAM LIVE
Group B: South Africa v. China – 3 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

Watch Live: 2019 Women’s World Cup – Day 3

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The Women’s World Cup is running now, with Group C and Group D beginning play on Sunday.

Sam Kerr and Australia will meet improving Italy before Marta and Brazil hope to kickstart a woeful year of results with a win over Jamaica.

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Later, England and Scotland meet in what’s sure to be a fiery gem at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.

With the tournament off and rolling, you can watch every single game live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes. All you have to do is click on the links below.

[ LIVE: Watch every single 2019 Women’s World Cup game ]

Here is your full schedule for Sunday, June 9 at the Women’s World Cup.

2019 Women’s World Cup schedule

Group C: Australia v. Italy – 7 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Group C: Brazil v. Jamaica  – 9:30 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Group D: England v. Scotland – 12 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

USWNT finishes 2013 with a 4-1 win over Brazil


Non-Olympic, non-World Cup years come and go without the pop and pomp of the higher-profile women’s national team seasons. Still, it’s nice to finish any year without a loss, right?

The United States completed its 2013 schedule with a 4-1 win Sunday over Brazil.

Thus, the win before a crowd of 20,274 at the Florida Citrus Bowl completed the USWNT year with a 13-0-3 record. The program last went a full year without a loss in 2006 (18-0-4).

Sydney Leroux scored twice against the world’s fourth-ranked women’s team, and Abby Wambach continued to build her statistical legacy with a first-half penalty kick, goal No. 163 of her fabulous career.

Here are the NBC highlights from Sunday: