It was a night for the history-makers in Montreal, as Marta and Formiga scored record-breaking goals for Brazil in their 2-0 win over Korea Republic. Formiga’s first-half opener saw her become the oldest ever FIFA Women’s World Cup™ goalscorer, and Marta’s second-half penalty sent her clear of Birgit Prinz as the record goalscorer in the tournament’s history.
Brazil began brightly. Fabiana, a constant threat down the Selecao right, struck the crossbar in the opening exchanges with a thunderous long range drive. The yellow shirts continued to flood forwards, but it was a mistake from the Korean backline that allowed Formiga her record-breaking goal.
Cristiane dashed through the Korean midfield and into the Brazilian final third, but the ball ran away from her following a heavy touch. However, Kim Doyeon underhit her backpass and Formiga raced onto the loose ball, showing a sharpness that belied her 37 years to poke past the onrushing Kim Jungmi.
The second half brought the goal that the expectant Brazilian fans had been hoping they would witness. Formiga was involved once more, bursting into the Korean penalty area before being felled by the Taeguk Ladies’ captain Cho Sohyun. Brazil’s iconic skipper stepped up, and Marta coolly slotted home her 15th Women’s World Cup goal almost 12 years after she scored her first which, as fate would have it, was also from the penalty spot against Korea Republic around 500 miles south in Washington DC.
Yoon Dukyeo’s side failed to muster many chances of their own, with Jeon Gaeul seeing an effort deflected wide after good work by Ji Soyun.
But it was to be Marta’s moment and Formiga’s fantasy on an evening that set Vadao’s side up well ahead of a tricky game against Spain, while Korea Republic will look to raise themselves for Saturday’s clash against Costa Rica.
Live Your Goals Player of the match: Formiga (Brazil)