MONTPELLIER, France — An own goal gave Australia a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Brazil at the Women’s World Cup, even after Marta added a record 16th career tournament goal.
Marta, who sat out Brazil’s opening game with a left thigh injury, became the first player to score in five different World Cups when she converted a penalty kick in the 27th minute of Thursday’s game.
Chloe Logarzo’s shot from distance in the 58th minute tied it and then Australia went ahead on the own goal, an error by Monica that snapped the stalemate in the 66th minute. Sam Kerr appeared to be offside but the goal was awarded after video review, and the Brazilians fumed.
Australia, just the second team to win a World Cup match after going down two goals, needed a good game after dropping its opener 2-1 to Italy. Brazil won its tournament opener against Jamaica 3-0 on Cristiane’s hat trick.
China 1, South Africa 0PARIS — China is back on track at the Women’s World Cup, tied for second in Group B after a 1-0 victory in South Africa, and focused on it goal of moving into the next round of the tournament.
China, evened with Spain at three points each, lost its opener but stayed calm in Thursday night’s second match as the squad tries to join group leader Germany in the last 16.
He thinks the pressure is somewhat off his players now and more on Spain, which is also trying to move on in the tournament.
China lost 1-0 to two-time champion Germany in its opening match. South Africa was beaten 3-1 by Spain and now has two losses.