WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, China

Referee: Christine Beck

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Brazil Women

  • Formiga 4'
  • da Silva Marta 23' PEN
  • Christiane 75'

3 - 2

FT

Australia Women

  • Lisa De Vanna 36'
  • Lauren Colthorpe 68'

Brazil 3-2 Australia: Cristiane hits winner

TIANJIN, China -- Cristiane scored in the 75th minute to

give Brazil a 3-2 win over Australia on Sunday and its second berth

in the semifinals of the women's World Cup.

Cristiane swiveled into a right-foot shot -- off passes from

Marta and Daniela -- that rocketed into the top right corner of the

net for her fourth goal in this World Cup.

Formiga and Marta also scored to set up Brazil for a semifinal

with the United States in Hangzhou on Thursday. In the other

semifinal, defending champion Germany will play Norway. Norway

defeated China on Sunday 1-0 in Wuhan.

Brazil led 2-0 early in the match, but Australia rallied to tie

the score on goals by Lisa De Vanna and Lauren Colthorpe.

Brazil, also a semifinalist in 1999, took the lead in the fourth minute when Formiga placed a

long-range shot precisely over Australian goalkeeper Melissa

Barbieri, and almost doubled the lead a minute later when Marta was

one-on-one with the keeper, but Barbieri pulled off the save.

It was the third straight match in which Australia conceded an

early goal. While it was able to come back in the previous matches,

its chances of recovery in this match were reduced when captain

Cheryl Salisbury was forced off in the 20th minute after a foul on

Renata Costa was judged a penalty. TV replays showed initial

contact between the pair was well outside the penalty area.

Marta converted the spotkick to record her fifth goal of the

tournament, tying her at top of the scorer's chart with Norway's

Ragnhild Gulbrandsen.