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Brazil crush E. Guinea to take Group D top spot
Published : 06 Jul 2011 19:30:10
Three second-half goals gave Brazil a convincing 3-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea here on Wednesday that secured top spot in women's World Cup Group D for the 2007 runners-up.
Erika struck in the 49th minute and Cristiane doubled the advantage at the 54-minute mark before completing a brace with a penalty in injury time.
Brazil finished Group D with a perfect nine points and a goal difference of 7-0 as they booked their place in the quarter-finals in ominous fashion.
The South American powers will play the second-placed team in Group C, either Sweden or the United States, on July 10 in Dresden.
Equatorial Guinea depart their first World Cup with zero points, having scored two goals and conceded seven.
Brazil head coach Kleiton Lima made just one change to his line-up, with Renata Costa replacing Daiane in the middle of the back three.
His Guinea counterpart Marcello Frigerio also swapped one player from the starting formation, with Laetita playing in defence in favour of Chinasa.
In front of 35,859 spectators in Frankfurt, Brazil came close to scoring just 60 seconds in, with Marta's free-kick from the right side a bit too long for Erika as it sailed just wide of the far post.
Brazil were a bit wasteful with their cross-field passing in the first quarter-hour and Equatorial Guinea finally challenged the Brazil goal from a corner kick in the 18th minute.
Brazilian goalkeeper Andreia made a superb save a minute later after Anonman latched on to a long free-kick into the box.
Lima's side set up further forward after half-time and it paid off straight away as the Brazilians took the lead with a magnificent goal.
Marta's cross from the left was batted away by Guinea keeper Miriam but only just past the penalty spot, where Erika juggled the ball to her left foot and blasted home for her ninth goal in 17th appearances.
Marta was again free on the left flank shortly afterwards and the superstar set up her side's second goal with a low cross that Cristiane flicked home at the near post.
Cristiane nearly scored again in the 63rd minute but her header went just over the bar.
The Africans remained determined to score and had a solid chance with 12 minutes to play as Anonman's free-kick from a yard outside the box went just wide of the left-hand post, to the disappointment of the Frankfurt crowd.
Cristiane sealed the win in the 93rd minute, converting from the spot into the lower-right corner after Bruna took down Marta in the box.
It was Cristiane's 43rd goal in 59 caps.