Marta breaks scor­ing record at World Cup

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Marta scored her 15th ca­reer Women’s World Cup goal to be­come the all-time leader in tour­na­ment his­tory, lead­ing Brazil to a 2-0 win over South Korea on Tues­day.

In the day’s other games, France dom­i­nated play and beat Eng­land 1-0, Costa Rica and Spain played out a 1-1 draw in a firstever ap­pear­ance for both sides at the event, and a late long-range goal gave Colom­bia a 1-1 draw with Mex­ico.

Marta, the five-time world player of the year, con­verted a penalty in the 53rd minute to put Brazil up 2-0, tak­ing her past the pre­vi­ous record of 14 World Cup goals scored by Ger­many’s Brigit Prinz.

In an­other piece of his­tory, 37-year-old Formiga — play­ing at her sixth World Cup — be­came the old­est scorer in tour­na­ment his­tory when she put Brazil ahead in the 33rd minute.

Marta’s penalty came af­ter Formiga was fouled by South Korea’s So-hyun Cho.

Brazil plays its sec­ond group­stage game against Spain on Satur­day, while South Korea faces Costa Rica.

France’s Eu­ge­nie Le Som­mer scored in the 29th minute and that was enough to se­cure a 1-0 win against Eng­land.

Le Som­mer scored her 45th ca­reer in­ter­na­tional goal in the 29th minute. Gae­tane Thiney forced a turnover and Le Som­mer won the loose ball, took two touches and ham­mered in a shot from 20 yards.

France, which beat Eng­land in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the 2011 World Cup, has not lost to its Chan­nel ri­val in the women’s game since 1974.

Le Som­mer had chances to ex­tend the lead but shot di­rectly at the keeper in the 46th minute and sailed a vol­ley over the goal in the 56th.

France was much more ag­gres­sive in the at­tack­ing half, out­shoot­ing Eng­land 16-3.

Spain and Costa Rica rapidly ex­changed first-half goals but could not find the net there­after in a 1-1 re­sult.

Vicky Losada put Spain ahead in the 13th minute but just a minute later Costa Rica drew level when Raquel Ro­driguez Ce­deno steered home a cen­ter­ing pass from Kather­ine Al­varado.

Spain con­trolled the pos­ses­sion for much of the sec­ond half, with Jen­nifer Hermoso and So­nia Ber­mudez nar­rowly miss­ing chances soon af­ter half­time.

Losada had an­other late op­por­tu­nity, but Costa Rica goal­keeper Din­nia Diaz saved a shot headed to the top left part of the goal.

Colom­bia’s Daniela Mon­toya scored a boom­ing goal from out­side the penalty area in the 82nd minute to sal­vage a 1-1 draw against Mex­ico.

Veron­ica Perez put Mex­ico up 1-0 in the 35th minute, turn­ing af­ter a cor­ner and fir­ing a shot that the Colom­bian goal­keeper could not pre­vent cross­ing the line.

Yoreli Rin­con nearly equal­ized for Colom­bia in the 59th minute, but her free kick over the out­stretched Mex­i­can goal­keeper Ce­celia San­ti­ago hit the post. How­ever, Mon­toya tied the game in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Mex­ico next plays against Eng­land on Satur­day, while Colom­bia faces France.


Brazil’s Marta #10 slides in on South Korea goal­keeper Kim Jungmi, right, as South Korea’s Lee Eunmi de­fends dur­ing the sec­ond half of a FIFA Women’s World Cup soc­cer match in Mon­treal, Canada, Tues­day, June 9.

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