Host Brazil smash China 3-0 in Group E match
Updated: 2016-08-04 13:57
Marta of Brazil (1st R) shoots during the match of the women's Olympic football competitions between China and Brazil at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 3, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil defeated China 3-0 on Wednesday in their first Group E game at the Rio Olympics women's football tournament.
Marta Vieira da Silva, five-time World Player of the Year, contributed two assists for Brazil, and Cristiane extended her record as all-time leading goalscorer in the Olympics with her 13th goal across four competitions. The veterans were guiding the host to the final goal. Brazil, who had kept an unbeaten record facing against China since 1996, gained the upper hand since the game started. In the 33rd minute, Chinese goalkeeper Zhao Lina missed Marta's freekick, and Brazilian defender Monica broke the deadlock through a header in chaos.
Marta beat Chinese offside trap and helped Andressa Alves score for the host in the 59th minute. When the 30-year-old was replaced by Debora in the 80th minute, she brought the audience to its feet in applause.
Although Marta didn't score in the game, Cristiane made the regret up for her old comrade-in-arms before the final whistle. Her flying header locked the final score to 3-0, while Brazilian went top of Group E on goal difference after the first round.