WASHINGTON - Brazil won its group in the Women's World Cup
on Saturday, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 1-1 tie against
Brazil (2-0-1) finished first in Group B and most likely will
avoid a matchup against defending champion United States in the
next round. The Brazilians will play the second-place team from
Group A in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
The Brazilians, showing the youthful flair so often displayed by
their men's team, scored eight goals and allowed just two in three
Katia scored her fourth goal of the tournament in the 58th
minute, capitalizing on a rare error by otherwise outstanding
goalkeeper Celine Marty.
Marty, who two superb point-blank saves on Katia in the first
half, hesitated as she and Katia charged to meet a long ball from
Maicon that bounced at the top of the box. Katia had the momentum
to chip in the half-volley for the game's first score.
France (1-1-1) salvaged a draw in the second-half injury time
when 2002 WUSA MVP Marinette Pichon scored from 12 yards. Pichon
scored France's only two goals in the tournament.
France, making its World Cup debut, needed a big victory to have
a chance at advancing and played with more energy and persistence
in the first half. But France's task became nearly impossible when
Norway took a big lead against South Korea in Boston, and Brazil's
better talent persevered after halftime.