06/18 16:18 CDT Marta sets record with 17th World Cup goal in Brazil victory
Marta sets record with 17th World Cup goal in Brazil victory
By The Associated Press
Marta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in
Brazil's 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced
the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time.
The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored on a penalty
kick in the 74th minute at Stade du Hainaut, sending a line drive to the left
of goalkeeper Laura Giuliani after Debinha was fouled by Elena Linari.
It was the second goal of the tournament for Marta, and both have been on
penalty kicks. Her goal against Australia last Thursday tied the record set in
the men's World Cup by Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 World Cup goals for
Germany from 2002-14. The United States' Abby Wambach and Germany's Birgit
Prinz are tied for second among women with 14 each.
Marta is the only player, male or female, to score in five World Cups.
Brazil had needed only a draw to advance.
Italy won Group C on goal difference over Australia and Brazil as all three
nations finished with 2-1 records and six points. Le Azzurre will play a
third-place team in the round of 16 on Tuesday.
Australia, which finished second, meets Norway on Saturday. Brazil wound up
third and will play Germany on Saturday or host France on Sunday.
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