Sunday July 3, 2011 Group Stage: Group D Finished Volkswagen Arena

Brazil (W) 3 - 0 Norway (W)

  • Marta 22’, 48’
  • Rosana 46’

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    • Brazil (W)
    • Norway (W)
    • 90' Thanks for joining us here for this engaging contest, join us again tomorrow.
    • 90 There's the final whistle and Norway are put out of their misery in the rain in Wolfsburg. Very strong performance from Brazil which confirms their qualification for the quarter-finals. Norway must now beat Australia next week to progress.
    • 90+2 Marta still full of running as she just sprints to keep the ball in play on the right, she slides it to Cristiane who tries an audacious long-range effort but it's poorly struck
    • 90+1' Three minutes of time added on are indicated
    • 90' Marts tries to turn provider and swings in a cross from the right but it's comfortable for Hjelmseth
    • 89' Ester is replaced by Grazielle, Brazil clearly comfortable to leave Marta on to try and get her hat-trick
    • 87' The second corner is poor and straight into the side netting
    • 86' Norway do win a corner though which Ronning swings in and is cleared by Formiga for another corner
    • 85' The game really winding down now as Brazil seem to have lost interest in getting forward but are still comfortably holding Norway at bay.
    • 84' Renata Costa on to replace Daiane
    • 83' The resulting corner is a dangerous one that falls to Giske who has a difficult chance on the turn that ends up on the roof of the net
    • 82' Great run from Thorsnes, beating two players and getting a shot in but it's blocked by Daiane when it looked goalbound
    • 81' Some "O le's" from the crowd as Brazil knock the ball around comfortably
    • 80' Marta takes another knock and I should think she will be taken off soon, no need to risk her at this stage
    • 79' Norway are still plugging away wilfully, but they now their race is run and Brazil are closing this out well
    • 78' Thorsnes brings down Marta in the centre circle and she is clutching her ankle, I think she'll be OK though
    • 77' Pedersen has caused Brazil a bit of bother since coming on with her presence in the box, but hasn't really produced an effort on goal as yet
    • 76' Most likely just to rest Fabiana now the game is won
    • 75' Fabiana goes off and is replaced by Francielle
    • 74' Brazil becoming a little sloppy with their passing now although it's far too late for Norway to get back into this
    • 73' A high ball up towards Pedersen causes Brazil a little concern, but they scramble it away
    • 71' Norway being allowed to have possession but they still can't find any penetration at all against a well organised Brazilian defence
    • 70' Thorsnes clatters into Daiane chasing a long ball, she was down for a minute but seems to be fine now
    • 69' Good chance for Marta to secure a hat-trick as she outstripped Holstad for pace but then delayed her shot allowing the defender to recover and dispossess her at the last moment as she entered the six-yard box
    • 68' Rosana gives the ball away to Giske but again she fails to make the best of a good opportunity giving the ball away again
    • 67' The captain Stensland is replaced by Ims for Norway as they look to get the energy levels up
    • 66' Brazil get back into their pattern of retaining the ball and are happy to play the ball along the back four under little pressure
    • 65' Marta breaks down the left at great pace but her centre just evades Cristiane and the chance was over
    • 64' There's a huge amount of pressure on the keeper but Andreia does just enough to clear
    • 63' Mjelde swings a ball in from the elft and Pedersen is up there again forcing the clearance behind for a corner
    • 62' Giske produces a mis-hit shot but it nearly turns into a great ball for Pedersen but she is closed out by Andreia
    • 61' Norway coming back into this a little and are enjoying some possession inside the Brazilian half
    • 60' The Brazilians break from the corner and Rosana tries to find Marta but her ball is over-hit
    • 59' Giske does well to win a corner off Formiga and the delivery bobbles around in the box but is finally cleared
    • 58' The pace of the game has slowed right down since the wind has been knocked out of the Norwegians' sails
    • 57' Pedersen receives a good through ball from Lund but she can't control it and Andreia pounces
    • 56' Norway look to have given this one up with more than half an hour to go as they are already failing to press Brazil high up the pitch as they were doing earlier in the game
    • 55' Cristiane gets a low cross in from the right but she can't quite pick out Marta who is looking for a hat-trick
    • 54' Herlovsen not having a good time of it up front for Norway as she is really feeding off scraps, the latest ball up to her is far too high and all she can do is flick it on to the goalkeeper
    • 53' It's all very comfortable for Brazil as they knock the ball around in the Norwegian half at ease
    • 52' Norway trying to mix things up as Pedersen comes on to replace Haavi
    • 50' Norway try to get back into this and Stensland hits a bullet of a shot from outside the box but it's well blocked
    • 49' GOAL FOR BRAZIL!!! Norway have fallen apart here, Stensland's clearance is blocked then Mjelde's back pass is short, Cristiane challenges with the keeper and then Marta reacts to the rebound and calmly slots it home
    • 47' GOAL FOR BRAZIL!!! Quality run from Marta who breaks in from the left flank and shows a bit of trickery to make some space before laying the ball off to Rosana via a dummy from Cristiane and she made no mistake with a precise finish
    • 46' Half time change for Norway as Thorsnes replaces Kaurin, and Brazil get the half underway
    • 45+2 The half time whistle blows and in a fairly even contest Marta's goal is the difference and on balance Brazil probably deserve it. Norway have battled and competed well but haven't had any kind of cutting edge in the final third.
    • 45+1 Rosana has another go from long-range but this one isn't as good and finishes well over the crossbar
    • 45' Two minutes of injury time indicated
    • 44' Ronning puts a great ball into the box, both Giske and then Herlovsen had a chance to finish it but the latter was caught offside trying to get onto the ball
    • 43' Giske again involved in Norway's attacking moves as she nearly makes some room in the box but is crowded out by three defenders
    • 42' Marta's cross is again too long and it swngs straight out
    • 41' Great effort from Rosana from a long way out and Hjelmseth is taking no chances as she tips it over the bar
    • 40' There was no malice but it looked a bad tackle from Stensland on Formiga as she swung at a shot, missed and took out her opponent
    • 38' Ronning nearly finds Giske with a clever header trying to pick her out down the right but she can't control it and they lose possession
    • 37' Brazil putting the pressure on now as they win another corner which Maurine takes, again it's deep and high and no one can get an effort on goal from it
    • 36' Rosana tries to bulldoze her way through the Norwegian defence but she knocks Ronning over and the referee gives a free-kick
    • 35' The cross is too deep and the chance is over before it starts
    • 34' Formiga tris a chipped through ball which is headed behind for a corner
    • 33' Haavi has a cross cut out by Fabiana but the referee gives a goal-kick much to the Norwegian's shegrin
    • 32' Hjelmseth very nearly plays the ball straight to Cristiane but gets away with it as she just can't stretch far enough
    • 31' A slip from Ester wasn't punished by Giske who had a chance to burst into the area, she tried a through ball but it was poor
    • 30' Marta throws in the third corner, but a foul is called in the middle and the pressure on Norway is eased
    • 29' Marta whips the second one in and Hjelmseth isn't convincing but it is just about cleared
    • 28' Deep cross is diverted away but only for another corner
    • 27' Brazil win a corner after Ronning and Mjelde fail to clear between them
    • 26' Brazil have calmed down now and getting on the ball much more regularly than before the goal
    • 25' Marta is down and holding her face after a challenge with Mjelde but it was never a foul
    • 24' Norway respond well and put in a corner, but it is well dealt with by Andreia
    • 23' GOAL FOR BRAZIL!!! Marta outmuscles Holstad as the two follow the ball towards tehe Norwegian goal, she then beats Muelde in the area before firing past the keeper, great goal from Brazil's key player
    • 22' Cristiane makes a burst down the left and gets in a low cross but there's no one in the middle and Hjelmseth gobbles it up
    • 21' Kaurin with a chance to break down the right but her control lets her down and it runs out for a goal-kick
    • 20' Ronning sends the ball into the box but it's well punched by Andreia
    • 19' Really bad tackle from Daiane, lunging in and missing the ball, definitely a yellow card
    • 18' Fabiana returns to the pitch after being stretchered off
    • 17' Giske with the best chance of the game so far as Maurine fails to clear effectively but the Norwegian is hurried and her shot is straight at Andreia
    • 16' Fabiana is down with an ankle injury
    • 15' Giske gets Norway's first shot in anger in on goal but it's well blocked on the edge of the area
    • 11' Norway have settled quicker in the match as Brazil's passing is quite wayward early on
    • 10' Seemingly a very fussy official as she pushes Maurine about fifteen yards back from where she tried to take the throw in and wouldn't stop insisting until she was completely satisfied
    • 9' The Norwegian captain Stensland gives the Brazilians no time on the ball in midfield and her persistance nearly gets her through on goal but she is just stopped in time
    • 7' Very even start to the contest as both teams begin to work each other out
    • 6' Fabiana makes a great run down the right but Marta can't quite pick her out with a through ball
    • 5' Another big crowd in Wolfsburg and the atmosphere is brilliant in the Allerpark Stadium
    • 4' Daiane repays the favour though going in very hard on Herlovsen to concede another dead ball chance
    • 3' First free-kick of the contest goes to Brazil after an overly physical challenge from Mienna on Ester
    • 1' Norway get the game underway.
    • 17.10 Some pictures of the earlier match from Group D today are available here as Australia beat Equatorial Guinea 3-2. Women's World Cup Gallery
    • 17.05 It's an all American group of officials for this evening's contest as Kari Seitz takes charge and she is assisted by Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez.
    • 17.00 The two teams have faced each other four times in the past with Brazil just shading it. They have won twice, Norway once and the two teams have shared the points on one o
    • 16.55 No changes for Brazil but Norway make two as Leni Larsen Kaurin and Guro Knutsen Mienna come in for Hedda Gardsjord and Elise Thorsnes
    • 16.50 The star of the Brazilian team is undoubtedly Marta who boasts an incredible record of 76 goals from 70 appearances, but it was the unlikely source of Rosana who won them the game against Australia, scoring her seventh international goal.
    • 16.45 Brazil have enjoyed an incredible spell of dominance in the South American Championship, having won the tournament in five out of its six previous editions, and finishing second in the other. Norway have done well in their European competition as well having won it twice and reached the final on three other occassions.
    • 16.40 Brazil are favourites for the game with the bookies but it is Norway that have the better World Cup pedigree. The Scandanavians were champions in 1995 and they have only failed to make the semi-finals once, in 2003. Brazil were runners-up in the last competition, but only reached the semi-finals once before, in 1999.
    • 16.35 Both teams opened up their tournament campaigns with 1-0 victories, Brazil over Australia and Norway conquering the minnows of the group Equatorial Guinea.
    • 16.30 Good Afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the Group D clash between Brazil and Norway from Wolfsburg in the Women's World Cup.
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  • Brazil (W)

    Manager: Kleyton Lima

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    Manager: Eli Landsem

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