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Cris­tiane’s hat trick is Ja­maica’s down­fall


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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.

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