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Taking on the mighty Brazilians in a game of football can be challenging any day. When it is the first-ever match on a maiden entry in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, currently on in France, the occasion could overwhelm anyone. Probably what happened with the Reggae Girlz on their first outing in France as they lost their first match to Brazil.
Hat-trick by Christiane
Brazil’s all three goals against Jamaica were scored by Christiane, who led from the front in the absence of Brazil’s star player Marta. Marta had to sit out due to a thigh injury. The three goals from Christiane came in the 15th, 50th and 64th minutes of the game. The final goal tally could have ended at 4-0 but for a brilliant save by the Jamaican goalkeeper, Sydney Schneider. Brazil’s Andressa had taken a penalty kick in the 38th minute. The penalty kick was awarded for a handball by the Reggae Girlz defender, Allyson Swaby.
Brazil Breaks a Nine-Match Win-less Streak
Interestingly, the Brazilian girls had lost all nine of their last matches before this meeting with Jamaica in the World Cup. The last match they won was in July 2018 against Japan. Brazil, however, maintained its record of winning the first league match in the FIFA World Cups.
The Jamaican girls fought bravely, with the match stats showing them in possession of the ball for 44% of the game against 56% for Brazil. In terms of goal attempts, Jamaica made 4 attempts, all on target, while Brazil made 10, out of which 6 were on target. Brazil earned 10 corner kicks to Jamaica’s 3 and even in the number of fouls committed, Brazil had 11 against the Reggae Girlz being called on 7 occasions.
The Reggae Girlz are in Group C along with Italy and Australia besides Brazil. Their next encounter is against Italy on Friday.
Track and Field superstar, Usain Bolt, tweeted as soon as the penalty was saved by Sydney Schneider. His tweet read “Yes mi keeper”.