WWC roundup: Cristiane's hat trick boosts Brazil

Marta Silva of Brazil looks on during the international friendly match between Brazil W and Scotland W at Pinatar Arena

Her treble gave the 34-year-old a new status in the oldest hat trick hero in any World Cup, breaking records set previously by Cristiano Ronaldo and Carli Lloyd.

Earlier in the day, Barbara Bonansea ensured Italy a dramatic return to the World Cup after a 20-year absence with a stoppage-time victor that gave her team a last-gasp win over tournament dark horses Australia.

But they got their Group C campaign off to a flying start as Cristiane headed the first before tapping home a second.

The loss could have been worse for the Reggae Girlz, but goalkeeper Sydney Schneider stopped Andressa's penalty kick in the 38th minute.

Schneider did, however, produce heroics by diving to keep out Andressa's spot kick, awarded for a handball by Allyson Swaby.

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Brazil stopped a nine-game losing streak that began with a 4-1 defeat to the United States last August 2.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo holds the men's record, having scored three goals in a 3-3 draw with Spain in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation at 33 years and 130 days. "What can I say, it's incredible, and scoring with my head as well, which never happens with me", said Bonansea, who had scored Italy's first two World Cup goals in two decades. Indeed, it has won these eight games by an aggregate score of 23-1.

Marta has the most Women's World Cup goals with 15, which is one better than former United States star Abby Wambach and Germany's Birgit Prinz.

Brazil's side included Formiga, the midfielder becoming the first player to appear at seven Women's World Cup finals, and the oldest player in the tournament's history at 41 years and 98 days.

Her first were both predatory finishes, but look at the whip to secure her treble.

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