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