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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.

Women’s World Cup: England wins, Brazil cruises, Italy thrills

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Following the thrills of a Sunday-opening battle between Italy and Australia, the Women’s World Cup looked set to produce one-sided tilts.

Scotland didn’t stick to script, however, and made sure they day finished with some drama.

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Brazil 3-0 Jamaica

The Reggae Girlz fall cleanly in the “happy to be here” category, and were overrun by Brazil even without Marta on the pitch.

Brazil won’t worry much about the details of the win, given it’s their first since July 29, 2018, but it was a good one nonetheless.

Cristiane scored a trio of goals, her 91st, 92nd, and 93rd international goals. The first was her first for Brazil in almost 14 months.

England 2-1 Scotland

Nikita Parris scored an early penalty and Ellen White a classy follow-up as England used a two-goal first half to get past Scotland in Nice.

Erin Cuthbert added a goal with a dozen minutes left to bring the aforementioned drama, but England effectively controlled the ball and managed the rest of the match with little incident.

The referee didn’t catch the initial handball, but VAR did in a particularly harsh manner. Parris did not apologize in smashing an unstoppable hit past Scottish goalkeeper

Lee Alexander made a strong save on White to keep it 1-0 in the 22nd minute. It was one of a number of stops that kept Scotland in the match.

She didn’t have much hope of getting to England’s second, as White curled a pearl around Alexander to make it 2-0 in the 40th.