The Washington Post
Cristiane’s hat trick is Jamaica’s downfall
BRAZIL 3, JAMAICA 0
Cristiane scored all three goals, and Brazil spoiled Jamaica’s first Women’s World Cup match with a 3-0 victory Sunday in Grenoble, France.
The veteran forward’s goal in the 64th minute for the hat trick came on a free kick that curled just under the crossbar. She also scored in the 15th and 50th minutes for the Brazilians, who were playing without star Marta. The six-time women’s world player of the year was ruled out of the match because of a left thigh injury.
Brazil stopped a nine-game losing streak that began with a 4-1 defeat to the United States on Aug. 2.
The loss could have been worse for the Reggae Girlz, but goalkeeper Sydney Schneider stopped Andressa’s penalty kick in the 38th minute.
The save prompted countryman Usain Bolt to tweet “Yes mi keeper.” Jamaica is the first Caribbean nation to play in the Women’s World Cup.
Cristiane converted Brazil’s first hat trick in a World Cup since 1999. She is the ninth player overall to score 10 career World Cup goals; Marta holds the record with 15.
ENGLAND 2, SCOTLAND 1: Ellen White got England off to a winning start in Nice, France, curling in a shot to give the 2015 semifinalists a victory against tournament newcomers Scotland.
In a dominant first half, Nikita Parris netted a penalty in the 14th minute before White struck in the 40th on the French Riviera.
But there was no repeat of England’s 6-0 rout of its neighbor at the European Championship two years ago, with Scotland ensuring it was a nervous finish for England Coach Phil Neville’s side after Claire Emslie pulled one back in the 79th.
But the 20th-ranked Scots couldn’t produce an equalizer against No. 3 England in Group D, which also features Japan and Argentina.
Despite FIFA’s attempts to talk up ticket sales at the World Cup, the stadium in Nice was only about a third full with the attendance given as 13,188.
“If the fans don’t come out, they are missing out,” said Parris, who collected an English player of the year award last month but will playing in France next season with Lyon after leaving Manchester City.
After Fran Kirby’s cross hit Nicola Docherty’s outstretched arm — and video review confirmed a penalty — Parris stepped up to send the ball past goalkeeper Lee Alexander.
“The atmosphere is there to intimidate you,” Parris said. “The more atmosphere I get in my body, the more passionate I am about putting the ball in the back of the net.”
ITALY 2, AUSTRALIA 1: Barbara Bonansea scored twice, including the game-winner in stoppage time, as Italy upset Australia in Valencienne, France.
Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
The Juventus player also had the equalizer in the 56th minute for the 15th-ranked Italians, who are making their first appearance in the World Cup since 1999.
Kerr, playing in her third World Cup, scored her first goal ever in the tournament in the 22nd minute for the sixth-ranked Matildas. She celebrated by punching the corner flag in a tribute to Australia soccer great Tim Cahill.