Cristiane scores hat-trick as Brazil trounce Jamaica

Marta has been training in France

Marta has been training in France

Formiga initially only planned to help her country reach the World Cup finals, telling in November 2018: "I had no intention to carry on and play in the World Cup, but breaking barriers spurs me on". Celebrating in style, the forward punched the corner flag in tribute to Aussie legend Tim Cahill.

The South American champions were missing legendary forward Marta, the leading scorer in Women's World Cup history, through injury.

Daniela Sabatino had a goal ruled out for offside, but Italy were not to be denied a second, with Bonansea their hero in the dying embers with a fantastic header to clinch the points.

Now Formiga has taken Rampone's record as the competition's oldest ever player, her sights are set on taking USA's title as World Cup holders - with Brazil looking to become the fifth nation to win the competition.

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In Group C's other encounter, Barbara Bonansea netted a 95th-minute victor as Italy came from behind to overcome Australia 2-1 in Valenciennes.

Brazilian wizard Marta is out for Sunday's Group C clash against Jamaica with an injured left thigh, which she suffered on May 25 in training.

Brazil will look to keep their momentum as they face the Matildas on June 13, before Jamaica and Italy face off in Reims on June 14.

Victory at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble meant Vadao's Brazil maintained their flawless record in World Cup openers and also snapped a run of nine straight defeats in the lead-up to the tournament since a 2-1 win over Japan last July.

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